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Research Committee (RC)

The Research Committee disseminates mathematics education ideas to teachers that have been investigated by researchers, collaborates with other groups to identify research topics to inform decision making, and co-sponsors the Research Presession.

Committee Charge

Research Committee (RC) is charged to:

(Charge revised July 2013) 

1. Advise the NCTM Board of Directors by:

a. Developing recommendations for initiatives to identify and disseminate ideas that have been investigated by researchers that have the potential to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.

b. Developing recommendations for initiatives that support informing and influencing researchers toward investigating questions practitioners want answered in order to improve their practice.

c. Working with NCTM staff to gather from the field, prioritize, and maintain a list of questions of importance to practitioners for the improvement of the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students, with priority questions identified on NCTM’s Linking Research and Practice Web page.

d. Identify and select three articles for the Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award, one from each of the NCTM school journals for the current volume year.  

 2. Serve as a resource for NCTM staff in disseminating research with the potential to influence practice toward improved mathematics teaching and learning of all students through the production of readable and accessible Research Briefs and Clips.

3. Act as a catalyst within the mathematics education research community to support and to focus attention on priority questions and under-discussed issues by:

a. Each year, at the discretion of the Research Committee and with direction from the NCTM President, the Research Committee will produce a short report to address the relationship of research to the Council’s initiatives, activities, and future directions as related to the strategic priorities of NCTM. The report will be submitted to the JRME editorial board by September 1 for input. The final version of the report will be submitted to the JRME editor by November 1 for copy editing and publication in the March issue in accordance with production deadlines. (July 2013)

b. Jointly planning the NCTM research Conference of the NCTM annual meeting (reviewing submitted papers and planning the program in conjunction with the AERA Special Interest Group on Research in Mathematics Education (SIG/RME) co-chair).

c. Advising the Board on promoting the establishment and maintenance of appropriate levels of funding for mathematics education research, including seeking outside funding for special projects and emerging research needs.

d. Recommending strategies the Council might undertake with respect to stimulating research around priority questions and under-discussed issues, either within the Council or in conjunction with other appropriate entities.

4. Take an active and ongoing role in shaping the research strand at the Annual Meeting in collaboration with the Annual Meeting Program Committee. This is to ensure that appropriate attention is included in the annual meeting program related to current research priorities of the Council, such as linking research and practice, for the purpose of improving the mathematics learning of every student. Improving the quality of the research offerings at the annual meeting may also encourage researchers to stay for the annual meeting. RC participation will include:

a. Reviewing the research sessions from the previous year considering issues such as: the array of topics, evaluation results, scheduling, format types, and attendance.

b. Writing and periodically revising the call for proposals on research for the annual meeting consistent with the evidentiary standards in the field and informed by the review (identified in previous bullet).

c. Writing and periodically revising the evaluation rubric periodically that is used to assess the quality of research submissions.

d. In addition, one member of the program committee for the annual meeting should be charged with the responsibility of selecting research sessions for the program (from those submitted) that reflect the RC and Council priorities. The program committee should include a member of the research community such as a former member of RC or the JRME editorial panel. Staff will submit a report to RC following the annual meeting each year that provides a summary of the research sessions (e.g., the array of topics, scheduling, format types, and attendance). This report will be reviewed by the RC at the spring meeting.

5.  Serve in an advisory capacity to the President and Board of Directors of NCTM. This could include:

a. Serving as a consultant/advisor to standing committees on issues related to research; 

b. Reviewing the work progress of documents produced by NCTM committees, writing groups, and task forces that will become official positions of the Council and providing feedback from a research perspective; 

c.  Providing guidance to the Board on the identification of mathematics education researchers who could provide expertise on specific areas of mathematics teaching and learning; and 

d.Providing support to the practitioner journals in identifying researchers and soliciting manuscripts for Research into Practice features. 

 6. Report to the Board of Directors annually about:

a. Activities during the year.

b. Suggested budget for the upcoming fiscal year.


Committee Members

Kathryn B. Chval - Chair
Columbia, MO

Marta Civil - Member
Tucson, AZ

Michael C. Fish - Staff Liaison
Reston, VA

Beth A. Herbel Eisenmann - Member
East Lansing, MI

Clifford E. Konold - Member
Amherst, MA

Michelle Stephan - Member
Charlotte, NC

Jeffrey J. Wanko - Member
Oxford, OH

Trena L. Wilkerson - Board Liaison
Woodway, TX