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Please note that as of January 2006, the Math Momentum in Science Centers project has ended. However, we are maintaining this website as a resource and a way to share our work. The project's book will be published in fall 2006 and will be described on our Promising Practices page.

Below you will find a set of reference highlights. These books, articles, facilitator's guides and websites are meant to serve as excellent places to start to explore these topics—this is not a comprehensive bibliography. However, we do plan to expand this set of resources as the project progresses. The references are focused on:

And the three main content pieces of our work:

Science Centers and Math

Anderson, Andrea V., Mathematics in Science Centers. Washington D.C.: Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated, 2001.

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This NSF-funded report describes mathematics exhibits and programs at five institutions, along with lessons learned. Case studies profile the alignment of the work of these institutions with local needs and with the ?Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.? The report concludes with a summary of findings and recommendations.

ASTC Resource Center
The Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated has an excellent online resource center that contains general articles and reports of interest to professionals in the science center and museum field.

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Math Education

Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 2000.
"Principles and Standards" offers vision and direction for school mathematics programs. The Principles set forth important characteristics of mathematics programs, and the Standards discuss the mathematics that students need to know and be able to do across the grades. This is one of the most important resources to consult when developing programs, exhibits, and curricula related to math learning.

Kilpatrick, Jeremy, Swafford, Jane & Findell, Bradford, Eds., Adding it Up. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 2001.

This report by the National Research Council looks at the state of Pre-K through 8 mathematics education and suggests systematic changes to improve math teaching and learning for educators, researchers, publishers, policy-makers, and parents.

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Math Equity

Secada, Walter, Fennema, Elizabeth & Adajian, Lisa Byrd, Eds., New Directions for Equity in Mathematics Education. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

This collection of research provides insight into the quality of school mathematics and the cultural and linguistic contexts in which we are educating students.

Weissglass, Julian, "Racism and the Achievement Gap." Education Week, August 8, 2001.

Julian Weissglass talks about how racism gets in the way of learning and proposes the creation of communities as a way to question "assumptions, values and practices of people and institutions."

Math Reform & Equity publications list
The Weaving Gender Equity into Math Reform project at TERC developed a series of online publications and resources focused on the intersection between math reform and equity. Click on the titles to be linked directly to the publications. Also accessible from this list is the Weaving Gender Equity Resource Guide , an annotated list of references that provide information on equity not only in general terms, but also in areas related to standards-based mathematics.

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NCTM Data Standards

Lehrer, Richard, Giles, Nancy D. & Schauble, Leona, "Children's Work with Data," Investigating Real Data in the Classroom: Expanding Children's Understanding of Math and Science. New York: Teachers College, 2002.

This book provides wonderful examples of mathematical and scientific issues students face as they work with data at all stages (the role of questions, organization, modeling, presenting, etc.).

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NCTM Measurement Standards

Clements, Douglas H. and Bright, George W., Eds., Learning and Teaching Measurement: 2003 Yearbook. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2003.

Measurement can develop in the earliest years from children's experience and it readily lends itself to real-world application. Focusing on research and practice, this publication presents current thinking about the learning and teaching of measurement, including students' understanding, the mathematics of measurement, estimation and approximation, connections, and pedagogy.

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NCTM Algebra Standards

NCTM Electronic Examples
This page lists electronic examples of tasks and questions to use in order to look at student understanding of patterns and relationships across the grade levels.

Bob Moses and the Algebra Project
The Algebra Project was founded by civil rights leader and math educator Bob Moses in the 1980s. It is a national effort to promote mathematics literacy for low-income students and students of color through curriculum, teacher training, and community involvement.

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