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ERIC Number: ED011243
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 12
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FACTORS LEADING TO CURRICULAR CHANGE.
MORIARITY, THOMAS E.
CHANGES IN INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES AND REASONS THEREFOR WERE TABULATED FROM QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES RECEIVED FROM 319 OF 650 NEW ENGLAND ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS. AMONG 458 MENTIONS OF METHODS CHANGES, THE MAJOR ONES WERE USE OF INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH (22 PERCENT), USE OF AUDIOVISUAL AIDS (14 PERCENT), AND NEW METHODS OF TEACHING READING (12 PERCENT). AMONG 9 TYPES OF CONTENT CHANGES, THE MAJOR ONES WERE MODERN MATH (40 PERCENT), REORGANIZATION OF EXISTING CONTENT (21 PERCENT), INCREASE IN SCIENCE CONTENT (11 PERCENT), AND ACCELERATION OF CONTENT (9 PERCENT). AMONG 15 REASONS FOR CHANGE THE MAJOR ONES WERE TO IMPROVE MOTIVATION (13 PERCENT), TO MEET ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS (11 PERCENT), TO BETTER ACCOUNT FOR INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (11 PERCENT), AND TO INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT (10 PERCENT). AMONG SIX CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING OUTCOMES FROM CHANGES, THE MAJOR ONES WERE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ON TEACHER MADE TESTS (26 PERCENT), STUDENT PERFORMANCE ON STANDARDIZED TESTS (21 PERCENT), AND TEACHER JUDGMENTS OF PUPILS (19 PERCENT). CHANGES CONSISTED MAINLY OF REVISION OF EXISTING CONTENT. MANY WERE JUDGED TO HAVE BEEN MADE ON A PIECEMEAL BASIS AND IN RESPONSE TO PRESSURES RATHER THAN AS A RESULT OF "TEACHER SELF-RENEWAL" OR OF EVALUATION OF EXISTING PRACTICES AND CONSIDERED EXAMINATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS. (RP)
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Identifiers: NEW ENGLAND