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California Dreaming: Reforming Mathematics Education

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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300094329
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Curriculum Wars 1
2 "Ours Is Not to Reason Why. Just Invert and Multiply": School Mathematics and Its Critics 6
3 Capturing Professional Consensus: The California State Department, 1983-1990 28
4 Earlier Reforms and Their Legacies 63
5 Networks and Their Leaders: Broadcasting and Shaping Reform 77
6 Riding the Tiger: The California State Department, 1990-1992 113
7 The Tide Turns: 1993-1995 132
8 Dueling Standards 166
9 Parsnips and Orchids Side by Side: A View from the Classroom 204
10 Toward a Civil, Constructive Discourse 216
Methodological Appendix: "This Frightful Toil" 231
Timeline 255
Notes 259
Index 292
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