Suggested Approach for Developing Mathematical Process in Applied Technology High School Based on Standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The title of this study is “Suggested Approach for developing Mathematical Process in Applied Technology High School Based on the Standards of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)”. The aim of this study is to analyze the content of Mathematics curriculum at the Applied Technology High School (ATHS) in Dubai in order to determine the reasons behind the students’ low achievements in the ATHS exams and International Examinations. The Applied Technology High School (ATHS) is a governmental school.”It offers career – based technical education (CTE) in English at the secondary and tertiary levels. The institute five campuses are located in UAE at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, RAK, and Fujairah with its directorate located in Abu Dhabi. The institute was found in 2005 through royal decree of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan president of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Abu Dhabi as a corporate body with full financial and administrative independence.” (IAT, 2009) The researcher analyzed the content of Mathematics at the Applied Technology High School (ATHS) based on the standards of national council of teacher of math (NCTM) and the results of the analysis showed that the content of the curriculum was compatible with international standards. The educational process consists of three dimensions; the curriculum, the learner and the teacher. Since Applied Technology High School follows a specific system in the selection of students as enrolled students must pass the entrance exam, so the enrolled students have the minimum requirement to study at ATHS. And since the analysis of the curriculum content showed that the ATHS curriculum is compatible with the international standards, so the problem behind the students’ low performance most probably is the teaching process (problem solving, mathematical reasoning, and mathematical communication). Based on the analysis results the researcher suggested an approach to develop the teacher’s skills in teaching with mathematical process to enhance the students’ achievement in the ATHS and international exams. Also the researcher suggested an observation tool to follow up the teachers’ performance in the classroom.
content analysis, international standards, high school math curriculum, Dubai, student acheivement, United Arab Emirates (UAE), educational process, teaching process, teachers’ performance