California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education

California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education

by Suzanne M. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300094329

ISBN-13: 9780300094329

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

"This book tells the history of the past two decades of efforts to reform mathematics education in California. That history is a contentious one, full of such fervor and heat that participants and observers often refer to the "math wars." Suzanne M. Wilson considers the many perspectives of those involved in math reform, weaving a tapestry of facts, philosophies,…  See more details below

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"This book tells the history of the past two decades of efforts to reform mathematics education in California. That history is a contentious one, full of such fervor and heat that participants and observers often refer to the "math wars." Suzanne M. Wilson considers the many perspectives of those involved in math reform, weaving a tapestry of facts, philosophies, conversations, events, and personalities into a vivid narrative. While her focus is on California, the implications of her book extend to struggles over education policy and practice throughout the United States." Wilson's three-dimensional account of math education reform efforts reveals how the debates tend to be deeply ideological and how people come to feel misunderstood and misrepresented. She examines the myths used to explain the failure of reforms, the actual reasons for failure, and the importance of taking multiple perspectives into account when planning and implementing reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300094329
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Curriculum Wars1
2"Ours Is Not to Reason Why. Just Invert and Multiply": School Mathematics and Its Critics6
3Capturing Professional Consensus: The California State Department, 1983-199028
4Earlier Reforms and Their Legacies63
5Networks and Their Leaders: Broadcasting and Shaping Reform77
6Riding the Tiger: The California State Department, 1990-1992113
7The Tide Turns: 1993-1995132
8Dueling Standards166
9Parsnips and Orchids Side by Side: A View from the Classroom204
10Toward a Civil, Constructive Discourse216
Methodological Appendix: "This Frightful Toil"231
Timeline255
Notes259
Index292

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