ERIC Number: EJ875508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
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Beyond Crossroads: Putting Standards into Action
Foley, Gregory D.
AMATYC Review, v28 n2 p14-18 Spr 2007
Beyond Crossroads is a call to action. Within this call, AMATYC has updated its 1995 Crossroads standards, developed a new set of guiding principles, and created a blueprint for implementing these revised principles and standards. The principles guiding Beyond Crossroads are a significant overhaul of their predecessors and are bold statements that embrace changes in practice to improve student learning. The Standards for Intellectual Development now include linking multiple representations, and the Standards for Content add measurement to the geometry standard and data analysis to the probability and statistics standard. Beyond Crossroads has a clear focus on implementation, with six of the ten chapters devoted to the new Implementation Standards. This action-oriented focus on implementation is reminiscent of NCTM's Agenda for Action. Many of the critical themes of Beyond Crossroads--problem solving, quantitative literacy, technology, accommodating diverse needs, professionalism, and public support--have their roots in the Agenda for Action. The article concludes with a critical question: Will we heed this latest call for change and act on it? We have at our disposal the materials and methods we need; now we must act on what we know. This requires hard work, tenacity, and mutual support.
Descriptors: Numeracy, Educational Change, Data Analysis, Literacy, Probability, Intellectual Development, Teaching Methods, Academic Standards, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Geometry, Problem Solving, Technology, Student Diversity, Mathematics Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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