If there's an "encyclopedia" of math education, it's NCTM's Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning, a 1200+ page book that will cost you at least $200. The first handbook was published in 1992 and the second in 2007. Will we have to wait 15 years for a third edition? If I had my way, the handbook would turn into a wiki, with pages maintained by experts and revisions suggested by researchers as new knowledge enters the field. It sounds like the folks at PLoS have something vaguely similar in mind.
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The idea of a mathematics education wiki never left my mind, so over the past year or so I've grappled with the structure and organization for how one might be put together. I'm looking for feedback, and the people in this thread are the ones to give it. So feedback away!
http://mathed.net/wiki/Oct 29, 2013
- Atta boy.
Don't forget to write your thesis.Oct 29, 2013
- Thinking about how I really want to read an article from the 2nd NCTM handbook and how hard (or expensive) it will be to get my hands on a copy, and I'm thinking about the state of your wiki.
What's the fastest way we could make available a significant amount of the information in an NCTM handbook without breaking the law?Jun 29, 2015
- I'm pretty sure the fastest and cheapest way for you to get access to the handbook involves bus fare and the nearest university, assuming they have a paper or digital version of the handbook. When I started at CU-Boulder we had a paper version, which was almost perpetually checked out, and got an electronic version after a special request to our librarian.
From what I've read, you can provide a summary of an original work without violating copyright, but a condensation of the original work goes too far and is a violation. I don't know exactly how to tell the difference between a summary and a condensation, but I'd like to think the latter involves preserving much of the original text and eliminating extraneous bits, like Reader's Digest condensed books (do they still do those?) or a movie that has been shortened for showing on TV. Cliff's Notes, on the other hand, are seen more as a summary, and they're closer to the model I always envisioned for the wiki (even though I've never actually looked at Cliff's Notes).
This also makes me curious about who holds the copyright to the handbook. NCTM organized it, but unlike many NCTM publications, I know this one was ultimately published by another publisher. If NCTM holds the copyright, any potential copyright deals could be negotiated with them, which I think would be more promising than with someone else. Then again, the last time I asked NCTM about getting rights to share something, they wanted $200 to share a (widely known) rubric from an article found in one of their teacher journals published 17 years ago.Jun 29, 2015
- I don't think I can just walk into Columbia or NYU and check it out. New York Public Library doesn't have it. Things are looking bad for our hero.Jun 29, 2015
- Not sure about that. We have electronic access to the handbook, so I believe anyone could walk into our library, search for the handbook on one of the library computers, and find it that way. We're allowed to download 10 pages at a time, so many times I've had to download the chunks and piece them back together afterwards to make a whole chapter.Jun 30, 2015
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