ERIC Number: ED390907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of the Impact of a New Curriculum on Systemic Change.
Davila, Norma; Gomez, Manuel
The National Science Foundation is sponsoring 26 Statewide Systemic Initiative Projects to promote innovative curricula for teaching mathematics and science. A plan for evaluating and assessing systemic change has been designed and implemented at one of them in Puerto Rico. The perspective used to guide this paper is based on the principles that constituted the vision for this particular project. Subjects were 117 male and 102 female seventh graders who completed a study questionnaire. The relationships between the students' socioeconomic backgrounds and their scores on pretests and posttests of attitudes, science, and mathematics and final course grades were investigated as well as the relationship between their final course grades and scores on the posttests. The degree of teacher empowerment of participating teachers was examined. A strong relationship was found between final course grades and posttest scores. No relationship was found between the students' socioeconomic background and the remaining variables. A high level of teacher empowerment was also found. Clear evidence was found that the implementation of a new curriculum can drive systemic reform. Two appendixes present student and teacher questionnaires in English and Spanish. (Contains 8 tables and 25 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Evaluation Methods, Grade 7, Grades (Scholastic), Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Instruction, Pretests Posttests, Professional Autonomy, Questionnaires, School Restructuring, Science Education, Sciences, Scores, Social Studies, Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Puerto Rico; Teacher Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).