From Intended Curriculum to Written Curriculum: Examining the Voice of a Mathematics Textbook

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In this article, I used a discourse analytic framework to examine the “voice” of a middle school mathematics unit. I attended to the text's voice, which helped to illuminate the construction of the roles of the authors and readers and the expected relationships between them. The discursive framework I used focused my attention on particular language forms. The aim of the analysis was to see whether the authors of the unit achieved the ideological goal (i.e., the intended curriculum) put forth by the NCTM's Standards (1991) to shift the locus of authority away from the teacher and the textbook and toward student mathematical reasoning and justification. The findings indicate that achieving this goal is more difficult than the authors of the Standards documents may have realized and that there may be a mismatch between this goal and conventional textbook forms.

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Beth A. Herbel-Eisenmann, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, E115 Lagomarcino Hall, Ames, IA 50014;

(Corresponding author is Herbel-Eisenmann
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


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