@BOOK{NAP5777,
author = "National Research Council",
title = "High School Mathematics at Work: Essays and Examples for the Education of All Students",
isbn = "978-0-309-06353-1",
doi = "10.17226/5777",
abstract = "Traditionally, vocational mathematics and precollege mathematics have been separate in schools. But the technological world in which today's students will work and live calls for increasing connection between mathematics and its applications. Workplace-based mathematics may be good mathematics for everyone.\nHigh School Mathematics at Work illuminates the interplay between technical and academic mathematics. This collection of thought-provoking essays\u2014by mathematicians, educators, and other experts\u2014is enhanced with illustrative tasks from workplace and everyday contexts that suggest ways to strengthen high school mathematical education.\nThis important book addresses how to make mathematical education of all students meaningful\u2014how to meet the practical needs of students entering the work force after high school as well as the needs of students going on to postsecondary education.\nThe short readable essays frame basic issues, provide background, and suggest alternatives to the traditional separation between technical and academic mathematics. They are accompanied by intriguing multipart problems that illustrate how deep mathematics functions in everyday settings\u2014from analysis of ambulance response times to energy utilization, from buying a used car to \"rounding off\" to simplify problems.\nThe book addresses the role of standards in mathematics education, discussing issues such as finding common ground between science and mathematics education standards, improving the articulation from school to work, and comparing SAT results across settings.\nExperts discuss how to develop curricula so that students learn to solve problems they are likely to encounter in life\u2014while also providing them with approaches to unfamiliar problems. The book also addresses how teachers can help prepare students for postsecondary education.\nFor teacher education the book explores the changing nature of pedagogy and new approaches to teacher development. What kind of teaching will allow mathematics to be a guide rather than a gatekeeper to many career paths? Essays discuss pedagogical implication in problem-centered teaching, the role of complex mathematical tasks in teacher education, and the idea of making open-ended tasks\u2014and the student work they elicit\u2014central to professional discourse.\nHigh School Mathematics at Work presents thoughtful views from experts. It identifies rich possibilities for teaching mathematics and preparing students for the technological challenges of the future. This book will inform and inspire teachers, teacher educators, curriculum developers, and others involved in improving mathematics education and the capabilities of tomorrow's work force.",
url = "https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/5777/high-school-mathematics-at-work-essays-and-examples-for-the",
year = 1998,
publisher = "The National Academies Press",
address = "Washington, DC"
}