The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #3/2009

Elementary School, Mathematics Curriculum

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana


The elementary school mathematics curriculum is a crucial component in the general education of students and provides opportunities for giftedness and creativity to manifest, as well as serves as a foundation for initiating a deeper interest in mathematically oriented fields. Elementary mathematics also plays a key role in identification procedures used in gifted education. In this chapter the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for the elementary curriculum are summarized, followed by an exposition of the major theorists that have impacted the elementary school mathematics curriculum. The entry concludes with a discussion on identification and a brief synopsis of programming options available at the elementary level.

Keywords: Cognition; Early Identification; Identification; Mathematics curriculum

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Preprint of chapter to appear in B. Kerr (Ed). Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent. Sage Publications