Why mathematics education needs large-scale research

James Middleton, Jinfa Cai, Stephen Hwang

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Over the years our community has benefitted greatly from the application of survey methods to the discernment of patterns in student mathematics performance, attitudes, and to some degree, policies and practices. In particular, such research has helped us discover differential patterns in socioeconomic, gender, and ethnic groups and point out that, as a system, mathematics curriculum and instruction has hardly been equitable to all students. From the National Center on Education Statistics (in the US), large scale studies such as High School and Beyond, the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress came important calls to focus attention on improving instruction for marginalized populations and to increase emphasis on more complex problem solving than had typically been the norm (Dossey & Wu, 2013).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLarge-Scale Studies in Mathematics Education
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319077161, 9783319077154
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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