This edited volume, Vital Directions for Mathematics Education Research, is a significant contribution to our field because each chapter highlights grand problems that researchers must tackle to improve mathematics learning and teaching. The ambitious goals of the chapters could be summarized in a central question: How can research contribute to understanding and improving mathematics teaching so that we can further understand and support students' meaningful learning of mathematics? From this book, readers will draw inspiration for their research endeavors, and they will be able to situate their studies in broader perspectives about mathematics teaching and learning.
Amanda Jansen and Alison S. Marzocchi
Patrice P. Waller and Alison S. Marzocchi
By focusing on the use of language that inspires, mathematics teachers can foster student agency and invite every student to be a member of the mathematics community.
Alison S. Marzocchi, Emily Miller and Steven Silber
Mathematics & Mathematics Education: Searching for Common Ground seeks to deepen a dialogue about what many believe is a growing concern: that the fields of mathematics and mathematics education are growing apart. This gap between the fields is evidenced by differences in research methodologies, research agendas, and vocabulary. In the opening chapter, Michael Fried states, “The divide between the two communities is wasteful and unhealthy for both” (p. 4), and he expresses his “hope that in the end readers will be left with a clearer sense of the mutual benefit both communities stand to lose by failing to strengthen the natural bonds between them” (p. 4).