Douglas Grouws

Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning

ISBN 0-02-922381-4 (paper)

Grade focus: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Handbook presents a comprehensive and detailed analysis of available research on mathematics teachers, teaching mathematics, and the learning process for mathematics content. Areas for further research are identified, and where appropriate, implications of research for curriculum and instruction are provided.

Several chapters address students' learning in content areas that have received considerable research attention: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, rational numbers, estimation, geometry and spacial reasoning, and probability and statistics. Taken together, these chapters review students' ideas in many topics related to Science for All Americans Chapter 9: The Mathematical World, Chapter 12: Habits of Mind: Section B: Computation and Estimation Skills and some topics in Chapter 2: The Nature of Mathematics.

The primary audience for the Handbook is mathematics education researchers and is also suggested as a resource for graduate seminars. It also may be a useful tool for teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the research findings in mathematics education or are interested in conducting research in their own classrooms. They should be warned, however, that the book is dense with information and not easily read.