In our grad class we are to write a two page paper on major trends and reseach findings in math. I am finding the topic is so broad. Can any of you help me narrow it down a bit by telling me what the major trends and research findings in math would be? I have searched the internet, but have not found anything specific to write about.

Check some of Marilyn Burns' thinking in her articles at Math Solutions: http://www.mathsolutions.com/index.cfm?page=wp10&crid=37&contentid=17

Try thinking along the lines of either a particular age group or a specific sub-specialty in math. Example: Foundational, introductory algebra/geomety, advance mathematics at the high school level.

Thanks to both of you. The website was very interesting. I want to check it out some more. I have decided to do something with preschool math since that is the area I am working with right now.

Research on promoting emergent math skills in preschoolers http://www.childtrends.org/Lifecourse/programs/Promoting.htm Link between preschool behavior and academic success (using board games) http://salem-news.com/articles/november262007/preschool_study_112607.php

I wonder if the Web site of the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) would have anything useful.