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Barba, Kimberly – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2018

Mathematicians are often inimically portrayed in popular culture, resulting in an abundance of non-mathematical identities in the classroom. Various tropes are propagated by the media that dominate our mental schemas of what makes a mathematician: the eccentric Einstein-like old man; the young, tortured genius; and the "genetically…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Popular Culture, Stereotypes

Zosh, Jennifer Mary; Hassinger-Das, Brenna; Toub, Tamara Spiewak; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkof, Roberta – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2016

International rankings show children in the United States perform well below average in mathematics. There are also large mathematics achievement gaps between children of lower- and higher-socioeconomic status. As today's teachers face these challenges, they are also faced with the pressures of sweeping educational reforms that arrived with the…

Descriptors: Play, Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Evidence Based Practice

Golnabi, Laura – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2016

This paper analyzes the thought process involved in problem solving and its categorization as creative thinking as defined by psychologist R. Weisberg (2006). Additionally, the notion of insight, sometimes present in unconscious creative thinking and often leading to creative ideas, is discussed in the context of geometry problem solving. In…

Descriptors: Creativity, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking, Geometry

Stephens, Max; Keqiang, Richard Xu – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2014

In the Western developed world, the language of 21st century competencies, also referred to as 21st century skills or competences, is a powerful means of drawing attention to links between the secondary school curriculum, post-secondary education, and the social and economic imperatives of the developed economies. This paper will analyze different…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Foreign Countries

Kilpatrick, Jeremy – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2014

This paper addresses the contested way that ethnomathematics has sometimes been received by mathematicians and others and what that disagreement might suggest about issues in mathematics education; namely, (a) the relation of ethnomathematics to academic mathematics; (b) recent efforts to reform secondary school mathematics so that it prepares…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Mathematics, Common Core State Standards

D'Ambrosio, Ubiratan; D'Ambrosio, Beatriz Silva – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2013

In this paper we share our reflections regarding the role of ethnomathematics in providing direction for leadership in mathematics education. Our arguments are grounded in an analysis of the world today, characterized by inequities and injustices, clamoring for a new social order. We contemplate the role of mathematics and mathematics education in…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Social Justice

Stokes, Patricia D. – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2013

The dictionary definition of constraint is one-sided, solely restrictive. The problem-solving definition is two-sided. Constraints come in pairs. One retains its restrictive function, precluding something specific; the other directs search for its substitute. The paired constraint model is applied to both domain and classroom. I discuss the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Techniques, Creativity, Problem Solving

Dickman, Benjamin – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2013

The Evolving Systems approach to case studies due initially to Piaget-contemporary Howard Gruber, and complemented by subsequent work on sociocultural factors developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others, provides an inroad for examining creative achievements in a variety of domains. This paper provides a proof of concept for how one might…

Descriptors: Creativity, Case Studies, Creative Development, Mathematical Logic

West, Kazuko Ito – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2013

What would be one of the most sensible ways for a country to invest to achieve maximal economic growth? A recent study (Chetty, Friedman, & Rockoff, 2011) by economists at Harvard and Columbia Universities shows that better teacher quality results in significantly higher students' lifetime earnings. And investing in public school teachers…

Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Public Schools, Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness

Ferri, Rita Borromeo – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2013

Teaching and learning of mathematical modelling has become a key competence within school curricula and educational standards in many countries of the world. The term mathematical modelling, its meaning, and how it can be implemented in mathematics lessons have been intensively discussed during several Conferences of the European Society for…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies

Bullock, Erika C. – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2012

Hostetler (2005) describes "good" education research as that which attends to the well-being of students, teachers, and communities. In this essay, the author proposes measuring equity-based research in mathematics education against Hostetler's standard. She argues that current equity-based research has not adequately addressed the…

Descriptors: Methods, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Wu, Hung-Hsi – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2012

This article makes two simple observations about high-stakes assessments. The first is that, because mathematics is a very technical subject, an assessment item can be mathematically flawed regardless of how elementary it is. For this reason, every assessment project needs the active participation of high level mathematicians. A second point is…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, High Stakes Tests, Student Evaluation, Scores

Marushina, Albina – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2012

This paper aims to tell how the Russian national examination in mathematics (the Uniform State Examination or USE) has been conducted most recently. The author must say at once that the history of the system of secondary school graduation examinations or even the history of the USE will be covered only to the small degree that is necessary for…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Tests, National Competency Tests, Secondary School Mathematics

Savola, Lasse – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2012

The Finnish National Board of Education has been publishing guidelines for the evaluation of student learning in the comprehensive school since the 1970s. This evaluation is two-fold: 1) during school it guides and supports students along their academic paths and 2) at the conclusion of the comprehensive school it expresses each student's level of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Dimacali, Allen M. – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2012

In conjunction with the adoption and subsequent implementation of the "Common Core State Standards for Mathematics" (CCSSM), state-led consortia are developing next-generation assessments aligned to the CCSSM. This paper discusses the progress and plans of two main coalitions of states--the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Alternative Assessment, Test Construction, Testing Programs

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