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ERIC Number: ED543711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1954
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Curriculum Materials in High-School Mathematics. Bulletin, 1954, No. 9
Brown, Kenneth E.
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
The purpose of this study is to help persons who are faced with the task of improving or developing curriculum materials in mathematics and also those persons who frequently rethink the objectives for the teaching of mathematics. In this study 135 courses of study or curriculum guides in mathematics are analyzed and a comparison is made with a similar analysis in 1932. The general nature of the study, such as, geographic distribution of the guides, method of binding and publishing, dates of publication, and number of pages, is given in the "Introduction." Following the "Introduction" is a general description of the contents of the local curriculum guides. The guides vary greatly in each category whether they are for junior high schools, senior high schools, 6-year high schools, or 4-year high schools. A detailed analysis of the local curriculum guides shows that during the past 20 years there has been an increase in the percentage of guides that contain the following material: broad aims in mathematics that are related to the general objectives of secondary education; a psychological and unit organization of the subject matter; an emphasis on the relationship of the content to the detailed aims; content related to the child's needs; visual aids; suggestions for testing attitudes and appreciations; and provisions for revising the guide. In general, State guides no longer contain standards for classification and promotion. No doubt, this reflects the philosophy of placing the responsibility for standards upon the local school system. Although required standards may hinder teacher experimentation, suggested standards of attainment may promote higher levels of achievement and give inexperienced teachers a feeling of security. Various approaches to curriculum development are found in both the local and State guides. Appended are: (1) State Curriculum Guides in Mathematics; and (2) Local Curriculum Guides in Mathematics. (Contains 12 tables and 4 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational History, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Students, Junior High School Students, Instructional Materials, Curriculum Guides, State Curriculum Guides, Course Descriptions, Course Content, Teaching Methods, Educational Objectives, Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Role, Educational Policy, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Check Lists, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Printed Materials, Layout (Publications), School Districts
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Education (ED)