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Jerry P. Becker

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Research and the NCTM Standards
Posted: Jan 21, 1999 2:22 AM
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[NOTE: An interesting article appeared in the most recent issue of the
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 1999, Volume 30, Number 1,
pp. 3-19. The author is James Hiebert, University of Delaware. An
introduction is given by Deborah Schifter. The title and abstract of the
article follows.]

Abstract of

Relationship Between Research and the NCTM Standards

By James Hiebert

The current debates about the future of mathematics education often lead to
confusion about the role that research should play in settling disputes. On
the one hand, researchers are called upon to resolve issues that really are
about values and priorities, and, on the other hand, research is ignored
when empirical evidence is essential. When research is appropriately
solicited, expectations often overestimate, or underestimate, what research
can provide. In this article, by distinguishing between values and research
problems and by calibrating appropriate expectations for research, I
address the role that research can and should play in shaping standards.
Research contributions to the current debates are illustrated with brief
summaries of some findings that are relevant to the standards set by NCTM.

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu





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