ERIC Number: ED218022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Unified Mathematics: Scope, Sequence, and Goals for the Three-Year Curriculum of the Navajo Mission/Academy, Farmington, NM.
Frank, K. W.
Beginning with the 1980-81 school year, the Navajo Mission/Academy implemented a new secondary school mathematics curriculum, Unified Mathematics, based on New York State's "Three-Year Sequence for High School Mathematics." The comprehensive package meets the school's 3-year mathematics graduation requirement and provides preparation for college-bound students. Each student receives a copy of open-ended learning goals (examples are attached), allowing creation of furthur and alternative goals, at the beginning of each unit and a list of units to be covered for the year. Each instructional unit contains teaching goals and behavioral learning objectives designed to be completed in 3 to 4 weeks. Many of the units are repeated throughout the 3 years, each time in a more advanced manner. Thus algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, normally segmented into year-long pieces, become blended and unified with topics such as logic, probability, and computer programming. Curriculum features integration of Navajo cultural background in geometrical design in a pioneering approach to teaching geometry. Activities in drawing and construction invoke students' cultural background in craft work, drawing, and design. Students investigate not only applications of mathematics in careers and the necessity of studying various mathematical topics for college preparation, but also lives of people who have made significant contributions to mathematics. (ERB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Navajo Mission Academy NM; Navajo (Nation)