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Volume 5, Number 3

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17 January 2000                                Vol. 5, No. 3

                 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

  Students' Classroom - NCES | Matrix Reference - Brookes
                   Mathed Research Centers


                CALCULUS AWARD - ECALCULUS.ORG
A teacher may nominate any U.S. junior high school or high 
school student. Nominations are due by February 29, 2000, 
and ecalculus.org will award $1000 to the winning student. 
For further information, see: http://www.ecalculus.org/ or
http://math.ucdavis.edu/~calculus/.

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                   WEEA/NECAC ON-LINE COURSE
The WEEA Equity Resource Center and New England Comprehensive 
Assistance Center's on-line course, ENGAGING MIDDLE SCHOOL 
GIRLS IN MATH AND SCIENCE, is being offered again beginning 
February 14. Register by January 24th at
http://www.edc.org/WomensEquity/.


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      	         STUDENTS' CLASSROOM - NCES
           National Center for Education Statistics

                 http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/

A site where students and their parents can play and learn
about education. Projects include:

 - Take a Quiz - test yourself on education in the U.S.
    and around the world
 - Create your own bar graph or pie chart
 - What are your Chances? - a dice game about probability
 - Mascot Matching Game - match the mascot to the university
 - Word search - look for education and statistics terms
 - Find Your School - search a database of thousands of
    public K-12 schools
 - Print a survey - collect data from your friends
 - Color pictures online

            http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/Games.html

Also included are a short glossary of words used on the site, 
and a linked list of reports and other publications used to 
compile much of the information offered.

          http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/glossary.html
          http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/reference.html

NCES is the main federal agency for collecting and analyzing 
data related to education in the United States and other 
nations: http://nces.ed.gov/
                
                   
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             MATRIX REFERENCE MANUAL - Mike Brookes
                 Imperial College, London, U.K.

     http://www.ee.ic.ac.uk/hp/staff/dmb/matrix/intro.html

An alphabetical manual, from Abelian group to Zero matrix, 
that contains reference information about linear algebra
and the properties of matrices, divided into: properties,
eigenvalues, special properties, relations, decompositions,
identities, equations, differentiation, stochastic 
(statistical) properties, signals, examples, and formal
algebra. The notation is based on the MATLAB software 
package. 


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                MATH EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTERS 

         CENTER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING (CDT)
              Education Development Center (EDC)
              
                  http://www.edc.org/LTT/CDT/

Currently focusing on mathematics and science teaching, the 
Center carries out research and action projects that address 
the issues involved in teacher change at three interacting 
levels:

  1) teachers' beliefs and knowledge about their subjects
      and about learning and teaching
  2) teachers' classroom practice
  3) the complex social system that extends from the school 
      and school district to the society at large

Projects include:

  - Administrators Working for Change
  - Advancing Reforms in Science Education
  - Cultivating Improvisational Perception
  - Developing Mathematical Ideas Network
  - Mathematics for Tomorrow
  - Network for Inquiry in Mathematics Education
  - Support for Students at the Center
  - Teaching to the Big Ideas
  - When the Learners' Thinking Takes Center Stage: 
     A Study of Teacher and Classroom Change

Abstracts of published papers and order forms are available
onsite.

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        LEARNING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (LRDC)
                   University of Pittsburgh
                   
                   http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/

A multidisciplinary research center whose mission is to 
understand and improve learning by children and adults in 
the organizational settings in which they live and work: 
schools, museums and other informal learning environments, 
and workplaces. Fields of research include: 

  - Processes of Learning
  - Learning in Schools and Museums
  - Policy Research
  - Outreach and Implementation
  - Learning and Technology
  - Learning and Work

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        WISCONSIN CENTER FOR EDUCATION RESEARCH (WCER)
        School of Education, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

                  http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/

One of the oldest and largest education research centers, 
providing an environment where some of the country's leading 
scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The 
WCER roster includes nearly two dozen research centers and 
projects currently investigating topics germane to education.

        http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/projects/math_science/

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For more, see the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library:
Math Education Research/Reform:
http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/rsch_reform/


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