Project 2061
Algebra Textbooks
A Standards-Based Evaluation

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Background Information

TITLE MATH Connections: A Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum
Authors: William P. Berlinghoff, Robert W. Hayden, Clifford Sloyer, Eric F.Wood.
Publisher: It's About Time, Inc.
Edition: 1998
Subject Area: Integrated Mathematics
Grade Level/Format: This integrated series is designed for grades 9-11. Each grade level is divided into two books, a and b. The books are labeled 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, and 3b. Each book is divided into chapters, which are divided into several sub-sections.
Time Frame: Each level, consisting of two half-year textbooks, is designed to be completed in one school year. The format of the series supports block scheduling.
Main Topics:
  • Algebra/Number/Function
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability/Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Logic/Reasoning
Activities: Activities are a combination of teacher-student and student-student interactions. In each chapter, students read a profile about an individual who uses mathematics in his or her everyday work. In each section of the chapter, students (1) read expected learning outcomes; (2) are introduced to a concept by thinking about what they already know, which prompts discussion; (3) read commentary and explanations to support the discussion; and (4) answer questions in the section's problem set.
Assessment: Assessments include section quizzes and chapter tests. "Do this now" and "Discuss this" questions, and "Write this" exercises are found throughout the text. These can be used to assess students' progress as they move through a lesson.
Cost: Student edition:

$26.95 per book (a/b)
$48.95: 2-book set

  Teacher's edition: perfect bound $59.95 per book (a/b)
$99.95: 2-book set
3-ring binder $79.95 per book (a/b)
$149.95: 2-book set
CREDIBILITY Following are references for reports on MATH Connections. Please check the web site for further information about additional evaluations and reviews.
NCTM Standards Analysis: American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra textbooks: A standards-based evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Author.


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