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Mathematics in Context (MiC)
Middle School Math

As of August 2008 no studies of Mathematics in Context (MiC) were found that fell within the scope of the Middle School Math review protocol and met WWC design standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Mathematics in Context (MiC) to improve outcomes in this area.
A middle school mathematics curriculum for grades 5 through 8. Mathematics in Context was developed to align with the 1989 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum and Evaluation Standards. It is also based on the Dutch Realistic Mathematics Education approach of first engaging students in understanding real problems and then gradually moving to abstract concepts. Rather than focusing on one mathematical domain at a time, Mathematics in Context teaches students to explore the relationships among different domains of mathematics (such as algebra and geometry) and to develop strategies for reasoning through problems mathematically. Mathematics in Context also encourages students to collaborate on problem solving.

Last Updated: August 2008

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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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