Core-Plus Mathematics
is a five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation to
develop student and teacher materials for a complete three-year high
school mathematics curriculum for all students, plus a fourth-year
course continuing the preparation of students for college mathematics.
The Contemporary Mathematics in Context curriculum builds upon the
theme of mathematics as sense-making. Throughout it acknowledges,
values, and extends the informal knowledge of data, shape, change,
and chance that students bring to situations and problems.
Each year Contemporary Mathematics in Context features strands
of algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry, statistics
and probability, and discrete mathematics. These strands are connected
within and across units by fundamental ideas such as symmetry, function,
matrices, data analysis and curve-fitting. The strands also are
connected across units by mathematical habits of mind such as visual
thinking, recursive thinking, searching for and describing patterns,
making and checking conjectures, reasoning with multiple representations,
inventing mathematics, and providing convincing arguments. The strands
are linked further by the fundamental themes of data, representation,
shape, and change. Important mathematical ideas are continually
revisited through these connections so that students can develop
a robust understanding of mathematics. Numerical, graphics, and
programming/link capabilities of graphics calculators are being
capitalized on to enable students to develop versatile ways of dealing
with realistic situations. The curriculum is designed to make more
mathematics accessible to more students, while at the same time
challenging the most able students.
Differences in student performance and interest can be accommodated
by the depth and level of abstraction to which topics are pursued,
by the nature and degree of difficulty of applications, and by providing
opportunities for student choice of homework tasks and projects.
Instructional practices promote mathematical thinking through the
use of rich problem situations that involve students, both in collaborative
groups and individually, in investigating, conjecturing, verifying,
applying, evaluating, and communicating mathematical ideas. Comprehensive
assessment of student understanding and progress through both curriculum-embedded
assessment opportunities and supplementary assessment tasks enables
monitoring and evaluation of each student's performance in terms
of mathematical processes, content, and dispositions. |
**For more information about the program
and its implementation, contact:**
Beth Ritsema
Department of Mathematics
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
866-407-CPMP
Fax: 269-387-4546
cpmp@wmich.edu
Core-Plus Mathematics
**For more information on the Core-Plus
Mathematics curriculum and how to order material, contact:**
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
P.O. Box 508
Columbus, OH 43216
800-334-7344
website |