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ERIC Number: ED538539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-31
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
High School Curriculum. Research Brief
Muir, Mike
Education Partnerships, Inc.
There is a fair amount of research on individual curricular experiments in specific high school courses, but general research on high school curriculum and what the curriculum should be is hard to find and is far out weighed by theory and policy. Most of the theory and policy literature are dominated by discussions of state and national standards. There is little debate about the quality or appropriateness of those national content standards and the need for academic rigor. Discussion is over how the standards should be implemented. Maine's Promising Futures report is held up as a national standard for high school curricular reform. Ted Sizer's Coalition of Essential Schools is also pointed to for its exemplary work with high school curriculum. The one major research study on high school curriculum is the Eight Year Study. Considered by many educational researchers to be one of the best program evaluation studies ever conducted, it followed the students from 30 experimental high schools during the 1930's. Although the students from the experimental schools only did as well or slightly better on standardized test scores than students from their traditional counterparts, the students from the experimental schools showed many improvements in other areas. Despite how long ago this study was conducted, it is considered to be highly applicable to today's school improvement efforts. (Contains 12 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Location: Maine