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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MAE6134
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-07-02
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-02-17
  2. Department: Secondary Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 172400000
  5. Contact Person: Denisse Thompson
  6. Phone: 42687
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MAE
  9. Number: 6134
  10. Full Title: Current Trends in Middle Grades Mathematics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Curr Trends Mid Grd Mth
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Admission to the MAT program in middle grades mathematics or CI and MAE 6356.
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course examines current trends and issues in middle grades mathematics. It familiarizes teachers with new developments in this field with a focus on curriculum issues and issues arising from state, national, and international assessments.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Middle grades teachers need to be aware of state and national recommendations influencing the middle grades mathematics curriculum and the mathematics expectations for middle grades students.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is required in the MAT in Middle Grades Mathematics.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? none (A section of this course focusing on middle grades mathematics was offered under our normal Current Trends course in Summer 1993.)
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate in mathematics education
  29. Objectives: 1. Knowledge of the forces that have shaped the middle grades mathematics curriculum;

    2. Knowledge of current national and state issues influencing the middle grades mathematics curriculum;

    3. Knowledge of current recommendations for curricula changes, including proposals outlined in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM) as they apply to teaching middle grades mathematics;

    4. Knowledge of past and current curriculum development efforts at the middle grades and how the middle grades curriculum is influenced by the elementary curriculum and influences the high school curriculum;

    5. Knowledge of the use of a wide range of manipulatives for teaching mathematics at the middle grades and issues related to the use of manipulatives;

    6. Knowledge of appropriate uses of technology to enhance mathematics learning in the middle grades;

    7. Knowledge of issues when integrating mathematics with other content disciplines and the ability to develop lessons and/or units that integrate mathematics with other disciplines;

    8. Knowledge of assessment issues influencing the middle grades mathematics curriculum, including national and international assessments;

    9. Knowledge of past and current mathematics research projects related to the middle grades mathematics curriculum;

    10. The ability to explain, interpret, and evaluate the influence of current issues on the mathematics curriculum as well as identify, critique, and use accepted writing styles.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will participate in class discussions related to the readings connected with class.

    Students will compare/contrast a curriculum topic among several curricula materials or across different time periods.

    Students will develop an interdisciplinary or thematic unit demonstrating how mathematics can be connected to the other content disciplines at the middle grades.

    Students will research a topic of importance to the middle grades mathematics curriculum and write a paper and/or give a presentation related to the topic.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Discussion of general issues and challenges in middle grades mathematics

    2. Historical overview of mathematics in the middle grades

    3. Principles and Standards for School Mathematics: content and process strands

    4. Assessment issues influencing the middle grades curriculum

    5. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

    6. Technology issues influencing the middle grades curriculum

    7. Standards-based middle grades curricula

    8. Issues related to use of manipulatives in middle grades mathematics

    9. Integrating mathematics with other content disciplines

    10. Factors influencing the implementation of reform

  32. Textbooks: Sample text:

    Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000.

    A packet of supplemental readings related to the content of the course will also be used. Sample readings might include the following:

    Dialogues. (These are brief publications by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, each focusing on a specific hot topic in mathematics. Issues are available online at

    Chapters from "Reforming the Third R," a special issue of the American Journal of Education (November 1997).

    Austin, Richard A. an

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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