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Resource portfolio for use with Course 1 of the proposed Atlantic curriculum for Senior High Mathematics

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Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Resource Portfolio For use with Course 1 of the proposed Atlantic curriculum for Senior High Mathema1ics by MaryC. Moore A project submitted to the School of Graduote Sludies in partiol fulfillment of the requirements lor the degree 01 Moster of Edvcalion Faculty 01 Educalion Memorial University 01 NewfounLllond May 1996 Resource Portfolio For use with Course 1 of the proposed Atlantic curriculum for Senior High Mathematics Port 1 Overview of Project and Literature Review TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Brief Overview of Project A Review of the Literature The Cockcroft Report - Great Britain The National Commission on Excellence in Education - U,S. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) . National Research Council Group Learning in Mathematics. Graphing Calculators and Mathematics. Spreadsheets and Mathematics Concluding Remarks 11 12 17 21 30 35 38 References .. 41 INTRODUCTION There are many forces at work in our society which are profoundly changing the face of mathematics - how it is taught and how it is assimilated by students. In recent limes the advent of computer technology, graphing utilities, electronic spreadsheets, numerical analysis packages, and inexpensive electronic calculators has caused a fe-examining of old traditions in the mathematics classroom and has prompted a need for curricular changes which harmonize with the new technology. Mathematics educators are called upon to prepare students for the twenty-first century by leaching mathematics in a new and different way, in a way which stimulates and benefits nol only college.bound students, but all other students entrusted to the school system. This call for renewal did not come solely with the gO's - rather it was felt much earlier with the realization that the new mathematics was serving the needs of only a few and was not a mathematics for all. A majority of students simply opted out of th

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