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Trends and issues in high school mathematics: research insights and needs. (English)
J. Res. Math. Educ. 42, No. 3, 204-219 (2011).
Summary: The recent publication of two important documents, "Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making" and the "Common Core State Standards for Mathematics" (CCSSM), provides a timely opportunity to take stock of the various recommendations and policies aimed at improving the quality of students’ high school mathematics education in the United States. In this article, the authors capitalize on this opportunity to reflect on national trends in high school mathematics, to highlight current calls and efforts for improving high school mathematics and research on which these recommendations are based, and to suggest areas for which further research is needed. They first present data that provide an overview of the current state of high school mathematics in the United States‒data that also underscore concerns about issues of equity as well as the transition from high school to college. Next, they use this overview as the background against which they consider recent recommendations, policies, and reform efforts aimed at improving high school mathematics and research cited to support these efforts. Finally, they propose an agenda for research that is needed to further explore the prospects and possibilities for improving the success of all students in high school mathematics. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.) (ERIC)
Classification: D33 D34
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