Mathematics education researchers
and practitioners, policy makers, and parents seek answers to Grand Challenges that will ultimately
result in the enhancement of mathematics teaching, learning, curriculum, and
assessment “ensuring that all students attain mathematics proficiency and
increasing the numbers of students from all racial, ethnic, gender, and
socioeconomic groups who attain the highest levels of mathematics achievement.”
(NCTM, 2014, p. 61).
Other fields have identified a list of grand challenges as a way to prioritize the most pressing problems that research should address. The JRME article Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Mathematics Education Research provides examples of grand challenges from other fields. These examples illustrate how the structure of Grand Challenges differs from research questions.
In the JRME article, the NCTM Research Committee outlined the following criteria
for Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education:
complex and extremely difficult questions that are solvable (potentially within
the quality of life through positive educational, social, and economic outcomes
potentially affecting millions of people;
multiple research projects across many sub-disciplines to be satisfactorily
measureable outcomes so that progress and completion can be identified;
popular support by encouraging the public to relate to, understand, and
appreciate the outcomes of the effort.
At this time, we
invite you to draft and submit grand challenges for mathematics education. We
encourage you to collaborate with others as you draft grand challenges. As we
move forward with this effort, you will have opportunities to help draft grand
challenges, comment on drafts written by others, and engage in conversations
online or at conferences and professional meetings. Learn more about the Grand Challenges process »
Note: Your name and email will be shared with the NCTM Research Committee in case they need to contact you for clarification. It will not be shared beyond the NCTM Research Committee.
Proposed Grand Challenge that Meets the Five Criteria
Rationale for the Significance of this Grand Challenge
Provide Key Words that Characterize This Grand Challenge
I would be interested in participating in conversations about the grand challenges at a meeting. Please email me about opportunities.