UICSM High School Mathematics, Experimental Programed Edition

Mathematics has long had a prominent place in American education at all levels. In part for this reason, during the 1950s and 1960s there were at least nine important programs to improve math teaching in the United States. One of oldest was the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics, established in 1951.
The UICSM developed an introductory course in high school mathematics. Materials included these programmed textbooks, which covered some of the same material as a more conventional textbook. Information and questions appear on one page, and the next page reveals the answer. Turning the book upside down gives a new set of questions and answers.
Topics were often explained with cartoon-like drawings. A total of four books were needed for the semester-long course. As in other curriculum projects, these programmed textbooks were reproduced cheaply for classroom trials. In this case, they did not go beyond the experimental stage.
Currently not on view
Object Name
books, group of
Date made
University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 cm x 21.6 cm x 28 cm; 2 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 11 in
Place Made
United States: Illinois, Urbana
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of O. Robert Brown Jr.

Visitor Comments

4/12/2015 2:43:34 AM
I had the amazing good fortune to take UICSM math in high school, 1962-1965. It was more than thirty years later that I took my next math class, and I tested into algebra 2. In that class, various things from UICSM would bubble to the surface, especially specific wording, such as something being true if and only if something else was true. I was in a classroom of 19 year olds, and I did as well as any of them. By this point graphing calculators were around. Oh, if only I'd them all those years earlier. The thing about UICSM was that we proved EVERYTHING., which is why all those years later I could pick back up almost where I'd left off. It was the most amazing way of teaching math. I only took three years, but at this point we were well into calculus. I just wish I could get my hands on the original workbooks we used.
7/29/2015 10:07:25 PM
Bill Baritompa
Hi Sheila, I took UICSM math at Cass Tech HS in Detroit about the same time. You can find copies of the workbooks archived by the Hathi Trust digital library. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiuo.ark:/13960/t0tq6zc1r Cheers, Bill
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