Mathematicians and Education Reform, 1989-1990

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Naomi Fisher, Harvey Keynes, Philip Wagreich
American Mathematical Soc., Jan 1, 1991 - Mathematics - 176 pages
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Educational issues are receiving a great deal of attention in the mathematical sciences community, as concern rises over the quality of instruction in the nation's schools, colleges, and universities. Insuring a mathematically literate population and increasing the number of students pursuing careers in mathematics, science and engineering are high on the list of priorities. Mathematicians can make important contributions to the educational reform process. The present volume is the second in the series Issues in Mathematics Education, launched in 1990 by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences and published by the AMS and the Mathematical Association of America. The purpose of the series is to stimulate the flow of information among mathematical scientists, education specialists, and teachers, about innovative efforts to revitalize mathematics education. Compiled and edited by the directors of the Mathematicians and Education Reform (MER) Network, this book contains papers by speakers and participants in MER workshops and special sessions over the last three years. Like the first volume, which also grew out of an MER workshop, this book is organized into two sections, Projects and Issues and Reactions, providing a balance between descriptions of successful existing projects and more in-depth discussion of problems and issues in mathematics education reform. With contributions by some of the major leaders in this area today, this book will likely be of interest to a broad segment of the mathematical sciences community.

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