This department publishes brief news articles, announcements, and guest editorials on current mathematics education issues that stimulate the interest of TCM readers and cause them to think about an issue or consider a specific viewpoint about some aspect of mathematics education.
Kyle T. Schultz and Kateri Thunder
Kateri Thunder and Alisha N. Demchak
The metaphor of a balanced diet is used in literacy to describe the components of literacy instruction that are vital to growing readers and writers (NRP 2000). In a balanced literacy diet, the components work in tandem to give students multiple contexts to practice and transfer their understanding, knowledge, and skills. Similarly, the Math Diet provides an instructional framework to grow proficient mathematicians based on mathematics education research (NCTM 2014; NRC 2009). (See the more4U note at the end of the article for how to access a summary table of the Math Diet that is available online.) The Math Diet for students in kindergarten through fifth grade includes five components.
Kateri Thunder and Robert Q. Berry III
Mathematics education has benefited from qualitative methodological approaches over the past 40 years across diverse topics. Although the number, type, and quality of qualitative research studies in mathematics education has changed, little is known about how a collective body of qualitative research findings contributes to our understanding of a particular topic within the field. Through a process of qualitative research metasynthesis, our knowledge base can be broadened to provide insights into attitudes, perceptions, interactions, structures, and behaviors relevant for mathematics teaching and learning. The purpose of this commentary is to provide a rationale, definition, and procedure to conduct qualitative metasynthesis as a means of synthesizing and interpreting qualitative studies in the field of mathematics education.