Advances in Mathematics Education

The SimCalc Vision and Contributions

Democratizing Access to Important Mathematics

Editors: Hegedus, Stephen J., Roschelle, Jeremy (Eds.)

  • Shows how to improve learning of important mathematics with technology 
  • Organizes 15 years of rigorous research, including both effectiveness results and pedagogical insights, including contributions from leading researchers through the United States and worldwide 
  • Distills lessons from SimCalc's sustained, visionary program of innovation in one accessible volume 
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This volume provides essential guidance for transforming mathematics learning in schools through the use of innovative technology, pedagogy, and curriculum. It presents clear, rigorous evidence of the impact technology can have in improving students learning of important yet complex mathematical concepts -- and goes beyond a focus on technology alone to clearly explain how teacher professional development, pedagogy, curriculum, and student participation and identity each play an essential role in transforming mathematics classrooms with technology. Further, evidence of effectiveness is complemented by insightful case studies of how key factors lead to enhancing learning, including the contributions of  design research, classroom discourse, and meaningful assessment. 

The volume organizes over 15 years of sustained research by multiple investigators in different states and countries who together developed an approach called "SimCalc" that radically transforms how Algebra and Calculus are taught. 
The SimCalc program engages students around simulated motions, such as races on a soccer field, and builds understanding using visual representations such as graphs, and familiar representations such as stories to help students to develop meaning for more abstract mathematical symbols. Further, the SimCalc program leverages classroom wireless networks to increase participation by all students in doing, talking about, and reflecting on mathematics. Unlike many technology programs, SimCalc research shows the benefits of balanced attention to curriculum, pedagogy, teacher professional development, assessment and technology -- and has proven effectiveness results at the scale of hundreds of schools and classrooms. 

Combining the findings of multiple investigators in one accessible volume reveals the depth and breadth of the research program, and engages readers interested in:

*        Engaging students in deeply learning the important concepts in mathematics
*        Designing innovative curriculum, software, and professional development
·         Effective uses of technology to improve mathematics education
*        Creating integrated systems of teaching that transform mathematics classrooms
*        Scaling up new pedagogies to hundreds of schools and classrooms
*       Conducting research that really matters for the future of mathematics learning


*        Engaging students in deeply learning the important concepts in mathematics
*        Designing innovative curriculum, software, and professional development
·         Effective uses of technology to improve mathematics education
*        Creating integrated systems of teaching that transform mathematics classrooms
*        Scaling up new pedagogies to hundreds of schools and classrooms
*       Conducting research that really matters for the future of mathematics learning




Reviews

From the book reviews:

“It is rare that such a broad spectrum of research and theory-based discussion about one piece of software or curriculum is gathered in one volume. … For those who are interested in theory and research involving SimCalc, it provides a wealth of background on which to build the next generation of research. Those with more general interests in technology-intensive mathematics education would profit from seeking general messages about technology-centered learning from the particular case of SimCalc.” (M. Kathleen Heid, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Vol. 46 (1), January, 2015)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

  • Introduction: Major Themes, Technologies, and Timeline

    Roschelle, Jeremy (et al.)

    Pages 5-11

  • The Mathematics of Change and Variation from a Millennial Perspective: New Content, New Context

    Kaput, James J. (et al.)

    Pages 13-26

  • From Static to Dynamic Mathematics: Historical and Representational Perspectives

    Moreno-Armella, Luis (et al.)

    Pages 27-45

  • Intersecting Representation and Communication Infrastructures

    Hegedus, Stephen (et al.)

    Pages 47-62

  • Reflections on Significant Developments in Designing SimCalc Software

    Burke, James (et al.)

    Pages 65-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The SimCalc Vision and Contributions
Book Subtitle
Democratizing Access to Important Mathematics
Editors
  • Stephen J. Hegedus
  • Jeremy Roschelle
Series Title
Advances in Mathematics Education
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5696-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5696-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5695-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9207-4
Series ISSN
1869-4918
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 480
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