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Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2008: Teaching and Learning Algebra May 14, 2008 - May 16, 2008
Registration Deadline: May 16, 2008 over 6 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: February 14, 2008 over 6 years ago
Series: Critical Issues
Organizers Al Cuoco, chair, (Center for Mathematics Education), Deborah Ball, ex officio (University of Michigan), Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Herb Clemens (Ohio State University), James Fey (University of Maryland), Megan Franke (UCLA), Roger Howe (Yale University), Alan Schoenfeld (UC Berkeley), and Ed Silver (University of Michigan).
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Please note: Because we have had such a wonderful response to this workshop, we have run out of space. We're sorry for any inconvenience, but this has forced us to close registration. Thank you for your support and interest in Math Education. For over two decades, the teaching and learning of algebra has been a focus of mathematics education at the precollege level. This workshop will examine issues in algebra education at two critical points in the continuum from elementary school to undergraduate studies: at the transitions from arithmetic to algebra and from high school to university. In addition, the workshop will involve participants in discussions about various ways to structure an algebra curriculum across the entire K-12 curriculum. The workshop design is guided by three framing questions: Question 1: What are some organizing principles around which one can create a coherent pre-college algebra program? There are several curricular approaches to developing coherence in high school algebra, each based on a framework about the nature of algebra and the ways in which students will use algebra in their post-secondary work. We seek answers to this question that articulate the underlying frameworks used by curriculum developers, researchers, and teachers. Question 2: What is known about effective ways for students to make the transition from arithmetic to algebra? What does research say about this transition? What kinds of arithmetic experiences help preview and build the need for formal algebra? In what ways does high school and undergraduate mathematics depend on fundamental ideas developed in the transition from arithmetic to algebra? What are some effective pedagogical approaches that help students develop a robust understanding of algebra? Question 3: What algebraic understandings are essential for success in beginning collegiate mathematics? What kinds of problems should high school graduates be able to solve? What kinds of technical fluency will they find useful in college or in other post-secondary work? What algebraic habits of mind should students develop in high school? What are the implications of current and emerging technologies on these questions? The audience for the workshop includes mathematicians, mathematics educators, classroom teachers, and education researchers who are concerned with imporving the teaching and learning of algebra across the grades. Sessions feature direct experience with several curricular approaches to algebra, as well as reports from researchers, educators, and members of national committees that are charged with finding ways to increase student achievement in algebra.

Right-click link and select "Save Target As" or Save Link As" to save a copy of the file onto your computer. The following files are PDF's. Patrick Thomson: Session 1.3c Thursday Zalman Usiskin:Session 1.1 Wednesday Alan Schoenfeld: Session 2.1 Thursday Stephanie Ragucci: Session 1.3a Thursday Group Photo (2.97MB)

 

math for america logo    ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotels below: Double Tree Hotel (Berkeley Marina). Attendees may make their reservations by calling the Hotel Reservation’s Department directly at 1-800-243-0625 or our Central Reservations’ toll-free number at 1-800-222-TREE (8733), or via the internet using their Personalized On-Line Group pageno later than Tuesday, April 22, 2008 by 5PM PST. Please mention the name of the event while making reservations which is: Critical Issues Mathematics. Hotel's complementary shuttle to the UC Berkeley Campus runs every hour. The room rate is $139/ a night. Hotel Durant. Please mention the workshop name and reference the following code when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail: K20000. Rooms are still available!The room rate is $199/ a night. The Women's Faculty Club University of California, Berkeley. Please make your reservation via phone, fax or e-mail: Tel: (510) 642-4175 Fax: (510) 204-9661 wfc@uclink.berkeley.edu Identify yourself as coming to MSRI, mention the workshop name, and give the name of Robert Bryant as faculty sponsor, the department phone # 642-0143 and a credit card # to guarantee. Rates: Single:$113/night; Double/queen bed: $126; Double/twin beds: $127 The cut-off date for reservations is April 28, 2008 Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley Tel: (510) 848-7800 Fax: (510) 848-5900 berkeleycityclub@aol.com Please mention the name of the event while making reservations which is: Critical Issues Mathematics. Room Rates: Single or Double:$110/ a night Rates include tax, buffet breakfast,and parking. The cut-off date for reservations is April 13, 2008 Important: Please see Travel funding rules and Airline travel reimbursement restrictions.

 

Detailed Workshop Schedule with Abstracts (130KB PDF File)


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May 14, 2008
Wednesday
03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
  What are some organizing principles around which one can create a coherent pre-college algebra program?
Al Cuoco (Education Development Center, Inc.), James Fey (University of Maryland), Diane Resek, Tom Sallee, Zalman Usiskin
06:45 PM - 07:15 PM
  The National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report: Summing Up and Taking Stock
Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)
07:15 PM - 12:00 AM
  Report on the NCTM Lenses on High School Mathematics report
William McCallum (University of Arizona)
07:45 PM - 08:45 PM
  Discussants on the presentation
Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Roger Howe (Stanford University)
May 15, 2008
Thursday
08:15 AM - 09:15 AM
  1.3b Parallel Sessions: Question 1
Carol Cho
08:15 AM - 09:15 AM
  Solving algebra story problems with simple “strip diagrams,” solving them with algebra, and connecting the two approaches.
Sybilla Beckmann (University of Georgia)
08:15 AM - 09:15 AM
  1.3c Parallel Sessions: Question 1
Pat Thompson
08:15 AM - 09:15 AM
  Problem Solving Using CME & Core-Plus
Stephanie Ragucci, Annette Roskam
08:15 AM - 09:15 AM
  1.3c Parallel Sessions: Question 1
Matt Bremer
09:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  Discussants on the presentation
Roger Howe (Stanford University), William McCallum (University of Arizona), Betty Phillips
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  What is known about effective ways for students to make the transition from arithmetic to algebra?
David Carraher, Jo Ann Lobato, Alan Schoenfeld (University of California, Berkeley), Uri Treisman
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  2.2c Parallel Sessions: Question 2
Mark Saul (The Center for Mathematical Talent)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Does 8th grade algebra prepare students for Geometry and high school mathematics?
Ted Courant (Bentley School)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Strengthening K-5 Arithmetic/Preparing for Algebra
Virginia Bastable, Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  How the ideas and language of algebra K-5 set the stage for algebra 8-12
Paul Goldenberg
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  2.2c Parallel Sessions: Question 2
Betty Phillips
04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
  The transition from arithmetic to algebra: further perspectives
Herb Clemens (University of Utah), Robert Moses (The Algebra Project), Mary Jo Tavormina, Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley)
May 16, 2008
Friday
08:15 AM - 09:45 AM
  Discussants on the presentation
Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), James Fey (University of Maryland), Ed Silver (University of Michigan)
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
  What Algebraic understandings are essential for success in beginning collegiate mathematics?
Deborah Hughes Hallett (University of Arizona), William McCallum (University of Arizona), Tom Roby (University of Connecticut)
12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
  Question 3 Talk
William McCallum (University of Arizona)
12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
  Mining the early mathematics curriculum
Glenn Stevens (Boston University)
12:45 PM - 01:45 PM
  What algebraic understandings do we wish future teachers might gain in college?
Dan Chazan, James Fey (University of Maryland)
01:45 PM - 03:15 PM
  Discussants on the presentation
Herb Clemens (University of Utah), Mark Saul (The Center for Mathematical Talent)
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
  Preparing teachers to teach algebra
Dan Chazan, Al Cuoco (Education Development Center, Inc.), Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley)
05:15 PM - 05:45 PM
  Connections among the questions
Deborah Ball (University of Michigan)