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Mathematics Education Research: Can the Field Deliver?

Research Advisory Committee, Standards Impact Research Group 

November 2002, Volume 33, Issue 5, Page 313

Abstract:
The terrain for mathematics education research has shifted considerably since last year when NCTM Research Advisory Committee (RAC) reported on its activities in JRME (RAC, 2001). New federal legislation (i.e., the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA], 2001) includes the phrase "scientifically based research" repeatedly (see House of Representatives Bill HR 1614 IH). The National  Research Council (NRC) has released a report, Scientific Research in Education (NRC, 2002b), which provides guiding principles for scientific inquiry and  discusses design for conducting scientific research, in response to increasing controversy about what counts as "scientific" in educational research. The RAND Corporation has supported the work of a Mathematics Study Panel to propose a strategic research and development program in mathematics education.