The math materials developed for adult learners need to be seriously revised. Most of the materials presently available often reflect some of the worst traditions of the K-12 mathematics education. There seems to be little awareness of the need to provide learners with practice in process skills, such as reasoning and problem solving. Very few materials offer open-ended or cooperative problem solving activities for adult learners.
As the focus groups looked for materials and suggestions in keeping with the spirit of mathematical understanding and reform, we found some excellent materials from other sources. These sources were often written for middle school mathematics. While teachers must be careful to maintain the dignity of and the respect for their students, these materials can often be easily adapted to the adult education classroom. Some of the best materials we found are listed on the following pages. Many are available from large educational publishers such as Dale Seymour, Creative Publications, etc.
What's Happening Math Class? Envisioning New Practices Tbrough Teacher Narratives edited by Deborah Schifter, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE, 19714,
FAMILY MATH by Jean Kerr Stenmark, Virginia Thompson and Ruth Cossey, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510-6421910).
GET IT TOGETHER- Math Problems for Groups - Grades 4-12, edited by Tixn Erickson, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510-642-1910).
MAKE IT SIMPLER : A practical Guide to Problem Solving in Mathematics by Carol Meyer and Tom Sallee, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Menlo Park, CA.
Math for Girls and Other Problem Solvers by Diane Downie, Twila Slesnik, and Jean Kerr Sterunark, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510-642-1910).
GOOD TEACHER RESOURCES
Fear of Math
Rutger University Press
United States 1994
Math Anxiety Reduction
Robert D. Haclanan
United States 1985
I Hate School
Claudine G Wirths & Mary Bowman-Kruhm
Harper & Row Publishers
United States 1987
Helping Cbildren Overcome Learning Difficulties
Walker and Company
United States 1093
Time For College
Al Siebert & Bernadine
Practical Psychology Press
United States 1989
"I've Forgotten Everything I Learned In School'
Marilyn Vos Savant
St Martin's Press
United States 1994
The Unauthorized Teacher's Survival Guide
Jack Wanier and Clyde Bryan
United States 1995
Math in the Supermarket by Larry Parsky. Pub. by Educationa[ Design, Inc. (1994)
Life Skills Mathematics and Mathematics for Consumers by August V. Treff and Donald H. Jacobs. Pub. by American Guidance Servicesm, Inc. (1992)
Lifescenes Lifeskills by Calvin Stone, Penny Fitzgerald, and Janet Weitz. Pub. by Contemporary Books (1986)
Connections--Life Skills Mathematics ed. by Elizabeth Strauss. Pub. by Steck-Vaughn Company (1992)
Essential Mathematics for Life, Books 1-8 by Mary S. Charuhas and Dorothy McMurty. Pub. by Glencoe/McGraw Hill (1996)
Math Matters for Adults- Fractions, Decimals and Percents, by Karen Lassiter. Pub. by Steck-Vaughn Company (1993)
Harvest Health at Home by Ext. North Dakota State University, Fargo ND. 58105 April 1993 issue
Calories in Fast Foods and More by Ohio Department of Health. Pub, 5/94
Critical Thinking with Math by Karen S. Digilio. Pub. by Contemporary Books (1989)
Measure Up by Charles H. Kahn, Sylvia K. Herring, and Robert Tong. Pub. by Fearon, Janus, Quercus (1968)
Consumer Math Success Kit by David E. Newton. Pub. by J. Weston Walch (1983)
Fearon Time Savers Pub. by Fearon Janus
Budgeting Know-How Pub. by Cambridge Book Company
Geometry and Graphing, Incentive Publications, 1995 (black line master)
Jumbo Math Yearbook ESP Publishers, Inc. 1996 (black line master)
Math Topics Grade 6 Instructional Fair, 1996 (black line master)
Number Power 4 Geometry ; Contempory, 1989
Refresher, Stock-Vaugh, 1995
Word Problems Grade 8 , Instructional Fair, 1996 (black line master)
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