Transition Mathematics

Commercial Program
Operations, Decimals, Measurement & Data, Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving
Tier I,II
7th—12th
Description

Transition Mathematics is a one-year mathematics curriculum focusing on applied arithmetic, pre-algebra, and pre-geometry skills. It also addresses word problems, types of numbers, contexts for problems and aims to promote mathematical reading skills.

Features

Transition Mathematics is a one-year mathematics curriculum focusing on applied arithmetic, pre-algebra, and pre-geometry skills. It also addresses word problems, types of numbers, contexts for problems and aims to promote mathematical reading skills.

Transition Mathematics uses the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) textbook. The sequence of the topics is designed to aid in the transition from arithmetic to algebra and geometry.

The curriculum introduces algebra by examining different uses
of variables and variable representation on the number line and coordinate plane. The course also introduces basic algebra skills and connects geometry to arithmetic, measurement, and algebra. Numbers are viewed as representative of real objects and events, not abstraction (there is an emphasis on real-life situations).

Chapters include decimal notation, large and small numbers, measurement, uses of variables, problem-solving strategies, real numbers, coordinate graphs, and equations. The use of scientific calculators and computer exercises is integrated into the curriculum.

Research

Baker, J. J. (1997). Effects of a generative instructional design strategy on learning mathematics and on attitudes towards achievement. Dissertation Abstracts International, 58(7), 2573A. (UMI No. 9800955).

Hedges, L. V., Stodolsky, S. S., Mathison, S., & Flores, P. V. (1986). Transition Mathematics Field Study. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Thompson, D. R., Senk, S. L., Witonsky, D., Usiskin, Z., & Kaeley, G. (2005). An evaluation of the second edition of UCSMP Transition Mathematics. Chicago: University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.

Research Summary

What Works Clearinghouse

Information on this entry was adapted from US Department of Education. (2007). Transition Mathematics. WWC Intervention Report. Retrieved from https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Docs/InterventionReports/WWC_Transition_Math_031207.pdf