Department of Mathematics & Science Education

# by

# Jim Wilson

#

# O. Acronyms:

# SMSG: School Mathematics Study Group

# CEEB: College Entrance Examination Board

# AMS: American Mathematics Society

# MAA: Mathematical Association of America

# NCTM: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

# NSF: National Science Foundation

# NDEA: National Defense Education Act

#

# I. The context

# The 1950s

# - Post-WW II

# - Cold War International Perspective

# - 1950s education

# - 1950s Mathematics Curriculum

# The CEEB Report

# PROGRAM FOR COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS.

#

# II. Chronology

# 1954 -- NDEA

# 1956 -- first draft, CEEB Report (1959)

# Proposal to NSF from AMS for SMSG. To prepare example curriculum
materials . . .

# 1957 -- Sputnik

# 1958 -- First SMST Writing teams -- Yale

# University of Maryland teams (Grades 7 and 8)

# 1958-59 Field trials of

# First Course in Algebra

# Geometry

# Intermediate Mathematics

# Matrix Algebra

# U of MD 7th and 8th grade

# 1959 SMSG and UMd writing teams -- Boulder

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# 1959-60 Tryouts of 7 thru 12 material

# 1960 SMSG writing teams -- Stanford

# 1960-61 Sample textbooks available Grades 7 -12

# Summer writing teams at Stanford

# E.
G. Begle moves from Yale to Stanford

# National Longitudinal Study of Mathematical Abilities planned

# Conferences

# Programmed Learning course in Algebra

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# 1962-65 SMSG Grades 4-6

# 1964-66 SMSG Grades K-3

# 1962-67 Many other courses

# Spanish Language translations

# 1967-72 SMSG Second Round

# 1962-1967 NLSMA

# 1967-1972 NLSMA Reports (40 volumes)

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