Mathematics Education Research: Can the Field Deliver?
Research Advisory Committee, Standards Impact Research Group
November 2002, Volume 33, Issue 5, Page 313
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.