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ERIC Number: EJ1122205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
How Teacher and Classroom Characteristics Moderate the Effects of Four Elementary Math Curricula
Agodini, Roberto; Harris, Barbara
Elementary School Journal, v117 n2 p216-236 Dec 2016
Research shows that some elementary math curricula are more effective than others at increasing student achievement. Most studies in this research base typically included teachers and classrooms that differ, so the results represent "average" curriculum effects, which raises an important question: Are curricula that are effective on average also effective among different types of teachers and classrooms? We examined whether curriculum effects are moderated by three characteristics that influence curriculum implementation and therefore may influence effects: (a) teachers' knowledge, (b) teachers' attitude toward math instruction, and (c) the extent to which teachers need to differentiate instruction in their classrooms. We examined these moderators for four elementary math curricula that use different pedagogical approaches and specifically for first- and second-grade achievement. We found that the two curricula that were more effective on average also were either as effective or more effective than the other two across all the contexts examined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
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Language: English
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What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards