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ERIC Number: EJ1105567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2156-1400
Slouching toward a National Curriculum
Kilpatrick, Jeremy
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v2 n1 p8-17 Spr-Sum 2011
The U.S. school mathematics curriculum changed slowly during the last century, and only in the past few decades have there been serious efforts to establish it nationally rather than having it be, at least in principle, locally determined. Waves of change have periodically swept the curricular ocean, but on the seabed, in the classrooms where students encounter their curriculum, much less has changed. A variety of recent efforts have been undertaken to change the curriculum nationally, and the country may be close to adopting a common core of standards for the school mathematics curriculum. In view of the complexity of how the curriculum operates and how it might change--and in particular, in view of the critical role teachers of mathematics play in making any change--the effects a national curriculum might have on classroom practice are impossible to predict.
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A