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March 2006, Volume 37, Issue 2

FEATURES

The Challenge of Linking Research and Practice
NCTM Research Committee
This article discusses the challenge of improving the interrelationships between research and practice in mathematics education, and it outlines actions being taking to respond to that challenge. The need for improvement is bidirectional. The practice of classroom mathematics teaching needs to be better informed by an understanding of the implications of existing bodies of research, and researchers need to learn more from the insights and knowledge of practitioners. Building on its series of initiatives designed to use research to guide mathematics teaching and learning, NCTM has made a new commitment to a flexible, nimble, and sustainable initiative that will strengthen the bidirectional link between research and practice. This initiative includes the development of Research Analyses, Briefs, and Clips (ABCs), research syntheses designed through collaboration of teacher leaders and researchers to inform instructional leaders and policymakers about research perspectives on critical issues of practice.

Arithmetic and Algebra in Early Mathematics Education
David W. Carraher, AnalĂșcia D. Schliemann, Barbara M. Brizuela, Darrell Earnest
Arithmetic and Algebra in Early Mathematics Education David W. Carraher TERC Analcia D. Schliemann and Brbara M. Brizuela Tufts University Darrell Earnest TERC Algebra instruction has traditionally been postponed until adolescence because of historical reasons (algebra emerged relatively recently), assumptions about ps

A BRIEF REPORT: Strategies Used by Second-Year Algebra Students to Solve Problems
Sharon L. Senk, Denisse R. Thompson
Strategies Used by Second-Year Algebra Students to Solve Problems Sharon L. Senk Michigan State University Denisse R. Thompson University of South Florida This Brief Report describes a secondary analysis of the solutions written by 306 second-year algebra students to four constructed-response items representative of co

A Closer Look at Gender in NAEP Mathematics Achievement and Affect Data: Intersections with Achievement, Race/Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status
Rebecca McGraw, Sarah Thuele Lubienski, Marilyn E. Strutchens
A Closer Look at Gender in NAEP Mathematics Achievement and Affect Data: Intersections with Achievement, Race/Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status Rebecca McGraw University of Arizona Sarah Theule Lubienski University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Marilyn E. Strutchens Auburn University In this article we describe gen

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