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Education Research: MA 470 - Secondary Math Methods

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This page includes supplemental information for MA 470. Use these resources in addition to the tabs above to jump start your research!

Reference Sources

Need an overview? These books are located in Vogel Library's Reference Section and are specifically about Mathmatics!

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics  is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. 

Iowa Core Curriculum: Mathematics

The Iowa Core (formerly known as the Iowa Core Curriculum and the Model Core Curriculum) provides academic expectations for all Iowa's K-12 students.

Sample Annotations

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Ball, D. (1996). Teacher learning and the mathematics reforms: What we think we know and what we need to learn. Phi Delta Kappan, 77(7), 500-508.

Deborah Ball writes about the movement to adopt NCTM Standards-based curricula, and of "scaling up" teacher training.  Current understandings of teacher learning and their challenges are discussed by Ball.  She also addresses differences between pre-service and in-service teacher development.  This source supports my research by discussing the importance of teacher subject matter knowledge when developing student understanding of fractions.

Empson, S. & Junk, D. (2004). Teachers' knowledge of childrens' mathematics after implementing a student-centered curriculum. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 7(2), 121-144.

Empson and Junk describe how teaching the Investigations curriculum provided an opportunity for teachers to learn about children's mathematics. The authors interviewed 13 elementary school teachers in their first or second year of using Investigations with the goals of understanding how teachers made sense of students' nonstandard strategies for multi-digit operations and how teachers' increased knowledge was linked to the use of a new innovative curriculum.  The teaching of Investigations served as an entry point for teachers to examine student thinking and consider their own beliefs about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Sample from the Collection

There are many books in the Curriculum Collection that discuss mathematical concepts while strengthening reading skills and creativity.  Fun examples include: