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A Common Curriculum for Mathematics

by Thomas A. Romberg 1983

Some mathematics should be taught to all students, but an adequate presentation of a "common curriculum" for mathematics cannot consist of a list of topics to be covered, however extensive and carefully prepared. I use the word "curriculum" as a course of study, its contents, and its organization, and my task in this chapter is to consider four questions which shape an outline for a common curriculum for mathematics. The questions to be examined are: 1. What does it mean to know mathematics? 2. Who decides on the mathematical tasks for students and for what reasons? 3. What should be the principles from which a common curriculum can be built? 4. For this yearbook, how should individual differences be considered?

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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 82, No. 1

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 5, 1983, p. 121-159
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19059, Date Accessed: 3/23/2018 1:32:39 AM

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  • Thomas Romberg
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    THOMAS A. ROMBERG is a professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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