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In the past, I have suggested a variety of blogs, some even with continued merit. It is time to add another blog to this list, also with merit.

The suggested website is Mathematics Education Research Blog: A Researcher's Attempt to Follow His Field. After reading several of the entries, I would add that it is the result of a researcher trying to make sense of his field.

The creator and author of the blog is Reidar Mosvold, an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at University of Stavanger, Norway. On his home page, Mosvold adds that the blog is his attempt to organize online the field of mathematics education research.

By browsing this web site, you should find many things of interest or relevance. The content and comments range K-12, but seem to focus on the K-8 levels. For example, on my last sample of his home page, Mosvold had written ideas related to:

  • Research regarding students use of collaborative small-group problem solving to learn the concept of geometric series
  • Research regarding the assessment of kindergarten teachersí pedagogical content knowledge of mathematics specific to the areas of number sense, pattern, ordering, shapes, spatial sense, and comparison
  • Research about the why mathematics teachers need both awareness of and knowledge about students' mathematical reasoning
  • Research about teachers' knowledge and beliefs in relation to students' use of mathematically-based and practically-based explanations (the context is even and odd numbers)
  • Research regarding one learnerís process of (and motivation for) mathematical justification during an investigation of bifurcation points in dynamic systems.
In addition to the blog, Mosvold offers access to many mathematics education links, a shared Google Reader Blog, and a regular Twitter (562 followers). And, if you speak Norwegian, he offers a blog in that language as well.

Mosvold's blog is an attempt to assess, record, and make sense of the myriad of mathematics education research. His approach definitely is a step-up from my efforts over the past 35 years to use a standard file cabinet....and I found his commentary and efforts useful as well.