ERIC Number: ED249085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-17
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics and Science Instruction in Southern California.
Myers, Edwin C.; Mineo, R. James
To provide information to support school district considerations of changes in mathematics and science instruction, three issues were considered: (1) the adequacy of the California Basic Education Data System (CBEDS) for supporting an analysis of subject matter instruction; (2) the distribution of teaching effort and student enrollments among science and mathematics courses; and (3) subject matter coverage as reflected by textbook use. Some discrepancies were found between data from a special survey and the CBEDS, but these were not of sufficient magnitude to justify the costs of collecting new data. Therefore, CBEDS data for 1982 were used to analyze enrollments and levels of teaching effort for mathematics and science courses in grades 9-12. Mathematics accounted for 12.6% of the enrollments and 13.3% of the effort, while the data for science were 6.4% and 6.5%, respectively. Course content was examined, using beginning algebra for the textbook analysis. On the average, about two-thirds of the lessons in the four textbooks were devoted to topics in the state competencies statement. While the structure and content were similar, differences in textbooks were also noted. A comparison with SAT content indicated some disparities with the competencies statement. Tables present the data and other information. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.