ERIC Number: ED317406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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State-Initiated Curriculum Reform in Elementary School Mathematics and Science Programs.
Marsh, David D.; Odden, Allan R.
Policymakers and analysts have a legitimate and intense interest in how state and federal policies can enhance the technical core of schooling and its impact on students. This study investigated: (1) how school districts and schools implemented the California mathematics and science curriculum frameworks; (2) the extent to which programs were actually used in classrooms; (3) the factors that explained successful implementation; and (4) the impact of the reform in classrooms. The case study methodology was used to provide comparable qualitative information about factors selected based on previous research. Study findings from a sample of 14 elementary schools are reported for three topics. The first is a set of site-specific factors critical to the implementation process. Factors examined included vision implementation, pressure/latitude/monitoring of the implementation process, and teacher effort to implement the change. The second topic considered is the role state policy initiatives had in enhancing/retarding the implementation process. Finally, the impact of the implemented programs on classrooms, teachers, and students is discussed. Based on the findings, four lessons about policy implementation are presented. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California