Get It While You Can.....
Note: This is a reprint of a MathNEXUS review done three years ago. The book was free then and still is... but given the current climate in mathematics education for Washington State, I expect the text will be removed from the state's OSPI web site soon. So, get it while you can....
Want a free 108page book....that addresses the concerns of every mathematics teacher? Then, here is a deal for you!
A few years ago Washington State's Office of Public Instruction sponsored the writing of research documents related to teaching academic subjects. For the text specific to mathematics, the goal was to provide a researchbased overview of the potential and challenges of teaching quality mathematics (K12), in as friendly and useful manner as possible. The intent was to support teachers and administrators in their efforts to improve student learning in mathematics, and an increased awareness of research results is an important form of support.
The endresult, Teaching and Learning Mathematics: Using Research to Shift From the "Yesterday" Mind to the "Tomorrow" Mind has four main parts:
 Discussion of what research in mathematics education can and cannot do;
 Overview research results related to content (number sense, measurement, geometry sense, probability and statistics, algebraic sense) and process (problem solving, communication, mathematical reasoning, and connections);
 Address specific questions in mathematics education raised by teachers, administrators, and parents;
 Outline a plan that a teacher, district, or state can follow to maintain relevancy in mathematics education.
Though the context for the text is Washington State's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), the research summaries translate to any instructional program consistent with the NCTM Standards.
Table of Contents
 Research in Mathematics Education: What It Can and Cannot Do
 Overview of the Research:
 Number Sense: Number and Numeration
 Number Sense: Computation
 Number Sense: Estimation
 Measurement: Attributes and Dimensions
 Measurement: Approximation and Precision
 Measurement: Systems and Tools
 Geometry Sense: Shape and Dimension
 Geometry Sense: Relationships/Transformations
 Probability and Statistics: Chance
 Probability and Statistics: Data Analysis
 Probability and Statistics: Prediction and Inference
 Algebraic Sense: Relations and Representations
 Algebraic Sense: Operations
 Problem Solving
 Communication
 Mathematical Reasoning
 Connections
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 What Research Tells Educators:
 Constructivism and Its Use in Mathematics Classrooms
 Role and Impact of Using Manipulatives in Mathematics Classrooms
 How Students Solve Word Problems Involving Mathematics
 Mastery of Basic Facts and Algorithms in Mathematics
 Use and Impact of Computing Technologies in Mathematics Classrooms
 Culture of the Mathematics Classroom
 Impact of Ability Grouping in a Mathematics Classroom
 Individual Differences and Equity Issues in Mathematics Classrooms
 Teacher Attitudes and Student Attitudes in the Mathematics Classroom
 Using PerformanceBased Assessment in Mathematics Classrooms
 Professional Development Programs for Mathematics Teachers
 Changes in How Teachers Teach Mathematics/How Students Learn Mathematics
 Next Steps: Using Research as Professional Educator
 Step 1: Mathematics Teachers Accepting Responsibility for Change
 Step 2: The ReEducation of Mathematics Teachers
 Step 3: Mathematics Teachers in Their New Roles as Researchers
 An extensive list of references and index.
Plus, a PDFversion of this 108page text Teaching and Learning Mathematics: Using Research to Shift From the "Yesterday" Mind to the "Tomorrow" Mind can be downloaded at no cost from the OSPI Publications Site. What a deal!
