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Brown, Margaret – Curriculum Journal, 2011
Inferences from recent international comparative data on mathematical attainment, frequently quoted as justification for curriculum change, are critically examined, and the implications are contrasted with expressed curricular aims. Using characterisations by Ball (1990) and Ernest (1991), positions of key actors are analysed in relation to…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Cultural Background
Schmidt, William; Houang, Richard; Cogan, Leland – American Educator, 2002
Shows that the mathematics curricula used in the highest achieving countries are very similar and coherent. Using a visual comparison, this paper explains where the United States comes up short, noting that in the countries with the highest mathematics achievement, teachers have coherent guidelines (national curricula) and related tools and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries