University of Arizona
Institute for Mathematics and Education

Mathematicians in Mathematics Education

March 20–22, 2008, Tucson, Arizona

About this workshop

The demand is increasing for mathematicians who can constructively contribute to work in mathematics education, such as standards development, validation of tests, curriculum design, textbook review, and the preparation and professional development of teachers.

This workshop will orient mathematicians on key issues: the core mathematics of K–12, the mathematical knowledge of teachers, the nature of the educational system, the profusion of standards documents, the variety of curricula, and mathematics education research.

It is aimed the general audience of university mathematicians who wish to become involved in helping solve the problems in mathematics education.

Thursday, March 20

  • 6:30–8:30 Working Dinner

Friday, March 21

  • 8:00–8:30 Continental breakfast
  • 8:30–9:00 Introductions
  • 9:00–9:15 Overview of workshop goals, activities, and structure (Ball)
  • 9:15–10:15 Landscape of U.S. mathematics education (Ball)
  • 10:15–10:30 Break
  • 10:30–12:00 Strand 1: Mathematical knowledge for teachers (Ball, Bass)
    • Introduction to the problem
    • Video of classroom teaching
    • Introduction to MKT (mathematical knowledge for teaching)
  • 12:00–12:30 Lunch talk on the National Math Panel report (Ball)
  • 12:30–3:30 Strand 1 (cont)
    • Video from a math course for teachers
    • What kinds of work help to develop MKT in teachers?
    • Important qualities of knowing mathematics well enough to teach it
    • Evidence on effects of MKT
    • Activities
    • Examination of textbooks for math content courses
  • 3:30–3:45 Break
  • 3:45–5:45 Strand 2: Evaluating and critiquing materials (Ball, Bass, McCallum)
    • Examination of a school textbook's treatment of functions
    • First comments about the mathematical quality
    • Key questions to guide evaluation; develop framework
    • Analyze state standards using the framework
  • 7:00 Dinner at McCallum house

Saturday, March 22

  • 8:00&dnash;8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30–11:00 Strand 2 (cont.) (Bass, McCallum)
    • Share evaluations of materials examined Friday afternoon
    • Critique the evaluations for content, focus, and style
    • Textbook evaluations as a content activity in a course or workshop for teachers
    • Professional development: matters of being paid for your time; style of commentary
  • 11:00–12:00 Next steps, wrap up, evaluations

Organizing Committee


We have created the MIME registry of mathematicians interested in consulting in mathematics education.


We have set up a private wiki for participants. If you want the password, send us an email.