ERIC Number: ED408133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-25
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A Content Analysis Study of Portable Assisted Study Sequence Mathematics Curricular Materials for Migrant Students Using the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards.
Conger, Karen I.
This paper reports on a content analysis of the Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) mathematics curricular materials designed for migrant students in California. The study compared PASS curriculum content to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. The PASS Program, which serves migrant students in 165 schools in California, allows migrant students to carry portable work-text units from one school to another and to transfer credits within state and to at least 20 other states. The curricular materials analyzed for this study were the 1989 PASS curricula titled General Math A and B and the 1995 curricula titled Integrated Math A and B. The 1995 materials were developed to replace and update the 1989 materials in accord with NCTM standards. The Mathematics Materials Analysis Instrument (MMAI) was developed to quantify the relationship between mathematics materials and recommendations found in the NCTM standards. Data were obtained from data collection worksheets and word sort lists containing frequency counts for curriculum in grades 5-8 and 9-12. Word lists were manually examined for key word-in-context listings, classifications of words into content categories, and co-occurrences. Curricula were also examined by comparing titles, subheadings, section headings, student directions, and teacher guidelines. Results indicate that the 1995 PASS curricular materials measurably improved upon the 1989 materials with respect to NCTM standards. In addition, the study indicates that the MMAI is an effective and reliable instrument for measuring the extent to which curricular materials meet NCTM standards. Contains 80 references; the MMAI for grades 5-8 and 9-12; and instructions for coding, calculating, and interpreting the MMAI. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: California