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Rasmussen, Chris; Apkarian, Naneh; Hagman, Jessica Ellis; Johnson, Estrella; Larsen, Sean; Bressoud, David – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

The authors present findings from a recently completed census survey of all mathematics departments in the United States that offer a graduate degree in mathematics. The authors report the viewpoints of departments about characteristics shown to support students' success as well as the extent to which these characteristics are being implemented in…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Departments, College Programs

Hiebert, James; Berk, Dawn; Miller, Emily; Gallivan, Heather; Meikle, Erin – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

We investigated whether the mathematics studied in 2 content courses of an elementary teacher preparation program was retained and used by graduates when completing tasks measuring knowledge for teaching mathematics. Using a longitudinal design, we followed 2 cohorts of prospective teachers for 3 to 4 years after graduation. We assessed…

Descriptors: Correlation, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education

Krause, Christina M. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

This Brief Report addresses the fundamental role that sign language plays in the mathematics classroom of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students. Selected findings are gathered from an ongoing study of signs and gestures used by DHH students and their teachers when encountering and communicating mathematical ideas at a German special-needs school…

Descriptors: Sign Language, Mathematics Instruction, Deafness, Partial Hearing

Clements, Douglas H.; Fuson, Karen C.; Sarama, Julie – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

We respond to a call to analyze issues of curriculum standards and to present alternative storylines by addressing criticisms of the Common Core State Standards in early childhood. We describe a storyline from multiple media and evaluate this storyline's criticisms, focusing on the criticism that the standards are developmentally inappropriate. We…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Kindergarten

Buchbinder, Orly; Chazan, Daniel I.; Capozzoli, Michelle – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

Many research studies have sought to explain why NCTM's vision for mathematics classrooms has not had greater impact on everyday instruction, with teacher beliefs often identified as an explanatory variable. Using instructional exchanges as a theoretical construct, this study explores the influence of teachers' institutional positions on the…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods, Educational Change

Lew, Kristen; Mejía-Ramos, Juan Pablo – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

This study examined the genre of undergraduate mathematical proof writing by asking mathematicians and undergraduate students to read 7 partial proofs and identify and discuss uses of mathematical language that were out of the ordinary with respect to what they considered conventional mathematical proof writing. Three main themes emerged: First,…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Validity, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes

Izsák, Andrew; Jacobson, Erik; Bradshaw, Laine – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019

We report a novel survey that narrows the gap between information about teachers' knowledge of fraction arithmetic provided, on the one hand, by measures practical to administer at scale and, on the other, by close analysis of moment-to-moment cognition. In particular, the survey measured components that would support reasoning directly with…

Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Norton, Anderson; Wilkins, Jesse L. M.; Xu, Cong ze – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

Through their work on the Fractions Project, Steffe and Olive (2010) identified a progression of fraction schemes that describes students' development toward more and more sophisticated ways of operating with fractions. Although several quantitative studies have affirmed this progression, the question has remained open as to whether it is specific…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5

Reinholz, Daniel L.; Shah, Niral – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

Equity in mathematics classroom discourse is a pressing concern, but analyzing issues of equity using observational tools remains a challenge. In this article, we propose equity analytics as a quantitative approach to analyzing aspects of equity and inequity in classrooms. We introduce a classroom observation tool that focuses on relatively…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Equal Education, Statistical Analysis

Darragh, Lisa – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

Images of mathematics and mathematicians are often negative and stereotyped. These portrayals may work to construct our impressions of mathematics and influence students' identity with and future participation in the subject. This study examined young adult fiction as a context in which school mathematics is portrayed and constructed. I used…

Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Fiction, Mathematics Education, Negative Attitudes

Bannister, Nicole A. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

Persistent disconnects within and among education research, practice, and policy are limiting the reach of professional mathematics teacher communities, one of the most promising levers for humanizing mathematics teaching and learning in schools. An overarching goal of this commentary is to convince the field of mathematics education to broaden…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Theory Practice Relationship

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

In this Research Commentary, the author explores what is meant by "teaching for understanding" and delves into these questions: How does teaching for understanding interact with the backgrounds of the students who experience it or the attributes of the contexts in which they learn? Which empirical findings are context dependent, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Comprehension

Jamil, Faiza M.; Larsen, Ross A.; Hamre, Bridget K. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

The current study uses a large, nationally representative data set and a new method for computing teacher expectations to better understand the developmental effect of mathematics teacher expectations on future student achievement. The study utilizes autoregressive cross-lagged models with 5 time points between kindergarten and 8th grade as well…

Descriptors: Teacher Expectations of Students, Mathematics Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Longitudinal Studies

Thanheiser, Eva – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

Elementary prospective school teachers (PSTs) often struggle to understand why they need to relearn the mathematics that they think they already know. In this set of replication studies, I address this struggle in 3 ways: First, by increasing and varying the participant pool, I replicate Thanheiser's (2009) study, which shows that PSTs do not yet…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Interviews, Correlation

Melhuish, Kathleen; Thanheiser, Eva – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

The authors present two sets of replication studies and aim to confirm, refute, and expand prior work.

Descriptors: Replication (Evaluation), Generalizability Theory, Research Methodology, Fidelity