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A Mathematician Looks at National Standards


by Judith Roitman — 1998

The purpose of this article is to present one mathematician’s view of the NCTM standards documents. There is a brief discussion of the history of the standards and a brief presentation of philosophical and personal context. The bulk of the article discusses specific notions, examples, concepts, phrases, and uses/misuses of the standards. An attempt is made throughout to diff erentiate among what the standards say, what people think they say, and what teachers do in the classroom under the influence of what they think the standards say.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 1, 1998, p. 22-44
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10297, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 1:36:06 AM

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  • Judith Roitman
    University of Kansas
    Judith Roitman is professor of mathematics, University of Kansas. She works in Boolean algebra and set theory, has led teacher enhancement projects, and is involved in national education committees and projects.
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