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Strategies to improve elementary math education in the U.S.





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The research question addressed in this capstone project was, how to effectively improve the U.S. elementary math education under the current humanistic education methodologies? The motivating factor for this capstone was the relatively unsuccessful elementary math education in the U.S. This capstone mainly traced this back to the humanistic math teaching methodologies prevailing in the U.S. and the fundamental gaps and inconsistencies inherent in National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards. The positives and negatives of the Chinese traditional math teaching methodologies were also discussed in detail. Then a mixed math teaching method, which combined both the humanistic and traditional math teaching methodologies, was proposed and experimented at an elementary school. The collected test and survey data, as well as the information gathered from the interview and observation showed that the proposed mixed math teaching strategy appeared to be very promising in improving the elementary math education in not only the U.S. but also other countries.

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