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James W. Wilson

Editor's Note, Interest in a mathematics education journal devoted exclusively to research began to develop at least as long ago as the mid-1950s, but it wasn't until the publication of the NCTM monograph. Research in Mathematics Education, in 1967 that sufficient impetus existed to establish one. The first issue of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education appeared in January 1970 with David C. Johnson as its editor.

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James W. Wilson

Just when my responsibilities as JRME editor might be completed has been uncertain. My last meeting with the Editorial Board was in the fall of 1981. The “appointment” as editor ended with the 1982 NCTM Annual Meeting. Operation of the editorial reviewing process was assumed by the new editor in April. In some sense, however, the final tangible evidence of my work on the journal is this issue—Volume 13, No. 5.

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James W. Wilson

There are few professional activities more interesting rhan getting a group of colleagues together and holding a discussion and debate on topics of common interest. Such an event took place in May 1981 when several mathematics educators gathered at Indiana University to discuss issues and directions in research on mathematical problem solving. The conference was apparently so stimulating that the participants felt a book was needed so others could share the fun. I am sorry I missed the conference, because the book is much like my home movies—more entertaining for the producer rhan for anyone who was not present at rhe event.

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James W. Wilson

One of the early decisions of the JRME Editorial Board (December 1968) was to occasionally devote a special issue of the journal to a review and analysis of a major research project. The first project chosen for discussion in a special issue was the International Study of Achievement in Mathematics.

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James W. Wilson

This issue of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education is the first for my term as editor. J. Fred Weaver served as editor for Volumes 5, 6, and 7. For the past several months we have worked on the problems of transferring editorship. Fred completed his work with the November issue. The a rticles in this issue include most of the backlog of manuscripts he had accepted for publication.

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James W. Wilson

In the April 1957 issue of the Arithmetic Teacher, Fred Weaver provided a bibliography on the research in the teaching of arithmetic from 1951 through 1956. This established the annual listing of research pertaining to elementary school mathematics that was to grow and continue in the Arithmetic Teacher for 14 years. In 1971, the listing was expanded to include the secondary school level and was published in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. The present issue of JRME contains the seventh JRME listing.

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James W. Wilson

There is plenty wrong with our mathematics programs and our mathematics teaching. I do not wish to deny this fact. But, I feel the more serious problem is that we mathematics teachers have come to seek out and emphasize the negative. There are several pitfalls in this attitude.

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Marion G. Epstein and James W. Wilson

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Thomas A. Romberg and James W. Wilson

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate by a few examples how the mathematics achievement tests used in the National Longitudinal Study of Mathematical Abilities (NLSMA) were developed.