ERIC Number: ED308001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
State Guidelines for Reshaping Academic Curricula in Elementary Schools: A 50-State Survey. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 10.
Freeman, Donald J.
State policymakers' efforts to promote teaching for understanding and thinking in elementary schools were assessed. Data were obtained through interviews of directors of state departments of education nationwide, interviews of two or more curriculum specialists in seven states judged to be particularly active in promoting higher order outcomes, and a review of curriculum-related documents cited during the interviews. Results indicated that state guidelines for curriculum reform were typically communicated through in-service programs, statements of goals and objectives, or guidelines for local curriculum planners. Reform initiatives rarely included statewide tests. Highlighted in the report are similarities and differences in policy initiatives of states actively promoting curriculum reforms. California was the only state that had aggressively negotiated with publishers to develop books or other instructional materials that supported the state's call for curriculum reform. Implications of the national findings are discussed. (RH)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Administrators, Comprehension, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Guidelines, Inservice Teacher Education, National Surveys, Problem Solving, State Departments of Education, State Government
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers - Location: California