Selected Writings from the Journal of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society

Celebrating 50 years (1961-2011) of Vinculum

Edited by:
Egan J Chernoff, University of Saskatchewan
Gale L. Russell, University of Regina
Bharath Sriraman, University of Montana

A volume in the series: The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast. Editor(s): Bharath Sriraman, University of Montana.

Published 2019

The teaching and learning of mathematics in Saskatchewan—one of three Canadian provinces sharing a border with Montana—has a long and storied history. An integral part of the past 50 years (1961-2011) of history has been vinculum: Journal of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society (in its many different renditions). This monograph, which presents ten memorable articles from each of the past five decades (i.e., 50 articles from the past 50 years of the journal), provides an opportunity to share this rich history with a wide range of individuals interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics and mathematics education. Each decade begins with an introduction, providing a historical context, and concludes with a decade-specific commentary by a prominent member of the Saskatchewan mathematics education community. As a result, this monograph provides a historical account as well as a contemporary view of many of the trends and issues (e.g., curriculum, technology) in the teaching and learning of mathematics. This book is meant to serve as a resource for a variety of individuals, including teachers of mathematics, mathematics teacher educators, mathematics education researchers, historians, and undergraduate and graduate students and, further, as a celebratory retrospective on the work of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society.

Acknowledgements. SMTS Roles and Objectives. Preface, Egan J. Chernoff. THE 1960s. Introduction: The Sixties: “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, Gale Russell and Egan Chernoff. The Character of the Crisis, J. M. Cherney. Mathematics at Teachers College—Much Done and More to Do: A Survey of the One Year Training Program, G. J. Thiessen. Inadequacies of Teachers of Arithmetic: We May Never Catch Up With the Knowledge Explosion, But We Should Try, Rod A. Wickstrom. Notice of Affiliation: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Electric Computers in High School, C. L. Kaller. The Mathematics Classroom, Wayne Kerr, Stewart Penley and F. A. Cousins. Implementation of New Mathematics: Curricula in Secondary Schools, Howard F. Fehr. The Role of the Canadian Teacher of Mathematics, Douglas H. Crawford. Canadian Association of Mathematics Teachers, A. J. Dawson. Mathematics Across Canada, A. J. Dawson. The Buddy System in Learning Mathematics, K. W. Kenney. Mathematics for the Exceptional Child, Zoltan P. Dienes. Commentary: The 1960s, Ilona Vashchyshyn and Egan Chernoff. THE 1970s. Editorial: The Seventies. Mathematical Heuristics, A. J. Sandy Dawson. What Geometry in the Elementary School? James E. Beamer. Why are We Teaching High School Geometry? David Robitaille. A Case for Individual Progress in Mathematics, Donald C. Attridge. Why Not Require an 80% Performance in Mathematics? Donald C. Attridge. Survey and Educational Implications of S.I., Sharon E. Odegard. A Continuing Success: Computer-Assisted Instruction, E. W. Romaniuk. New Wine in Old Bottles, G. J. Thiessen. Is Mathematics Ripe for Mastery Learning? L. R. S. Richmond. The ‘New Math’ in Schools: Should We Extend It, Amend It, or Abolish It? W. W. Sawyer. The Status of Saskatchewan Secondary School Mathematics Teachers With Implications for the Teacher Education Programs in Saskatchewan, D. V. Kapoor. Commentary: The 1970s, Ilona Vashchyshyn and Egan Chernoff. THE 1980s. Editorial: The Eighties, Egan Chernoff. High School Mathematics Review Test at the University of Saskatchewan. Garth H. M. Thomas. Rx for the 80s: Microcomputers and Problem Solving, Gary G. Bitter. Computer Science and Mathematics: How Can—or Should—The Twain Meet? Anthony Ralston. Mathematics: Basics Versus an Activity Centered Curriculum, Marlow Ediger. What Kind of Mathematics? Hellmut R. Lang. Sex-Related Differences in Mathematics Achievement at the Division IV Level, Verda Petry. The Importance of Teaching What Is yet Unknown, Don Faust. A Brief Note on the Origin and History of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society, Garth Thomas. Psychology in Teaching Mathematics, Marlow Ediger. Mathematics for the Gifted Learner, Verda L. Petry. Commentary: The Eighties, Rick Seaman. THE 1990s. Editorial: The Nineties, Egan Chernoff. Is the NCTM Standard a Correct Solution for Grades 9–12? John C. Egsgard. Elementary Mathematics in the 90s, Barry W. Putz. Motivation in Teaching Mathematics, Robert Slykhuis. Calculators: Boon or Bain in Developing a Mathematically Literate Society, Larry D. Geddert. Writing in Mathematics, Rick Seaman and Don Kapoor. The Culture of Mathematics and the Culture of School: Conflict, Compromise or Cohesion, Mhairi Maeers. Procedures to Increase the Entry of Women in Mathematics-Related Careers, Penelope H. Dunham. A New Learning In Math, Robert M. Nielsen. Kill All the Calculators? Robert M. Nielsen. I’ve Got a Secret: Math Anxiety, Rick Seaman. Teaching Geometry To Kunsi—“Morning Star”, Lori Aitcheson. Commentary: The 1990s, Ilona Vashchyshyn and Egan Chernoff. THE 2000s. Editorial: The Aughts, Egan Chernoff. Problem Solving, Vi Maeers and David Bale. Curriculum Development and Teacher Training in the Sultanate of Oman, Laurevnce Owen. Beyond Individual Classrooms: Opening Collaborative Spaces For Teaching And Learning Mathematics, Jennifer Thom. Ancillary Material: The Canadian Association for the Teaching of Mathematics, Karen Campbell. What Is Mathematics About Anyway? Janet Christ. Calculators: Brain Numbing or Tedium Relieving? Cam Milner. Ancillary Material: Editorial: Change(s), Egan Chernoff. Assessment for Learning in Saskatchewan Mathematics Classes, Murray Guest. Writing to Communicate in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom, Nathan Banting. Indigenous, Personal and Western Mathematics: Learning from Place, Gladys Sterenberg and Theresa McDonnell. Teaching Numeracy in a Community Context: The Roles of Culture and Imagination, Kanwal Neel and Mark Fettes. Two Years and Four Issues Later, Egan Chernoff. Commentary: Pondering What Aught To Be: A Commentary on the Mathematical Writings of the Journal of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society (2000–2010), Kathleen Nolan. Biographies.