ERIC Number: ED463321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Charting a New Course: A Study of the Adoption and Implementation of Standards-Based Mathematics Curricula in Eight Minnesota School Districts. Final Report to SciMath[MN], Fall 2001.
Michlin, Michael; Seppanen, Patricia; Sheldon, Timothy
The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota has been working with SciMathMN to conduct a multi-year study of the implementation and impact of standards-based mathematics curricula in Minnesota in several district settings. Phase 1 of the study began in fall 2000 and continued through the 2000-2001 school year. The focus of this phase was the curriculum adoption process and the early implementation of these curricula. Eight Minnesota school districts, each of which has adopted a standards-based mathematics curriculum, participated in the study. Within each district, two schools served as case study sites. District profiles were prepared based on information from interviews with district and building staff, a survey of all implementing teachers of mathematics (n=437), and observation in 30 selected classrooms. Key findings are grouped into these areas: (1) curriculum review and adoption process; (2) early implementation processes; (3) attitudes, behaviors, and instructional practices of implementing teachers; and (4) student experiences. The most obvious finding from the study is that the implementation process is a process and not an event. The deep changes required by implementing teachers require sustained opportunities for independent and interdependent learning. Findings also suggest that it would be premature to launch an impact study until it is certain that the standards-based curriculum has been even moderately implemented. The study team recommends deferral of the second phase of the study. Six appendixes contain discussions of study methods, survey findings, and references. (Contains 9 tables and 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota