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MATH Connections: A Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum
MATH Connections, a Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum, is a project undertaken with a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded in 1992 to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) Education Foundation. The overall mission of the project was to develop a core curriculum for grades 9-12 that opens the concepts of higher mathematics to all students and inspires new interest and excitement in mathematics for both students and faculty. Following four years of intensive field-testing, MATH Connections is now available.

This project has brought together an experienced and diverse team of curriculum developers - mathematicians, scientists, educators in the fields of math, science and technology, and business people - who have the expertise to achieve the mission and goals of the project. An Advisory Council, whose members reflect the composition of the team of curriculum developers, sets policy and provides direction for the MATH Connections project. Instructional materials have been thoroughly field-tested and evaluated.

Using the NCTM standards as a guideline, MATH Connections blends algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, trigonometry and discrete mathematics into a meaningful package that is interesting and accessible to all students. The text materials are designed to provide students with mathematical experiences that excite their curiosity, stimulate their imagination and challenge their skills. All the while, the primary concern is the conceptual development of the learner while focusing on these goals: 1) mathematics as problem solving; 2) mathematics as communication; 3) mathematics as reasoning; and 4) mathematics as making connections. MATH Connections is based on topical (rather than problem) themes. That is, it is concept driven. It uses a common thematic thread that connects and blends many mathematical topics that traditionally have been taught separately and independently. This approach emphasizes the unity and interconnectedness among mathematical ideas.

Technology is integrated into the curriculum through the use of graphing calculators and computers, which students use to investigate concepts in greater depth and breadth, make conjectures and validate findings. Real-world applications and problem situations from the sciences, the humanities, and business and industry are emphasized to prepare students for post-secondary education and the demands of the 21st Century.

Alternative assessment methods requiring written, oral and demonstration formats assess higher order thinking skills. Student achievement on independent standardized math measures from field-test sites, compiled by an independent evaluator, indicate the successful performance and positive attitude of MATH Connections students.



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