Curriculum Evaluation Project by pharmphresh23


									                              Curriculum Evaluation Project
Several comprehensive mathematics curriculum programs have been developed to support
teachers in reform-oriented, standards-based instruction while specifically addressing the NCTM
Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989) and the Principles and
Standards for School Mathematics (2000).

Your job is to investigate, in pairs or individually, one of the following curriculum projects:

NSF-funded programs – specifically developed to address NCTM standards

 •     Contemporary Mathematics in Context  
       (in COE Curriculum Library)

 •     Interactive Mathematics Program      
       (in COE Curriculum Library)

 •     MATH Connections: A Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum
       (in Math dept. library)

 •     Mathematics: Modeling Our World
       (in Math dept. library and Prof. Guerrero’s office)

 •     SIMMS Integrated Mathematics         
       (in COE Curriculum Library)

Other non-traditional standards-based curriculum programs

 •     College Preparatory Mathematics 
       (in COE Curriculum Library and Prof. Guerrero’s office)

More information on the NSF funded programs can also be found at… to find information about the 5 high school NSF-
funded mathematics curriculum programs to find information about the K-12 Mathematics
Curriculum Center, a center that supports schools, districts, and states to support and implement
curricular change. This site contains all information about the 12 NSF-funded K-12 curriculum
projects as well as more information about reform oriented instruction.

Be sure to check the curriculum library to see if they have copies of these curriculum. Also,
google searches may yield more information than that given in the URL links above. Finally,
you can also check the specific publisher sites to see if they have excerpts from any of the

Your investigation should summarize the overall goal(s) and purpose(s) of the curriculum
program, then focus specifically on how the algebra and geometry content/curriculum varies
from more traditional curricula.

Some questions to consider while doing your investigation:
 •    What are the guiding principles of the curriculum program?
 •    Who developed this program? When?
 •    What specific purpose in the secondary math curriculum market does this curriculum
      program serve? Is there a specific audience?
 •    What does this curriculum offer that others don’t?
 •    Is there any research on the strengths/weaknesses of this curriculum program?
 •    What are some specific characteristics of this curriculum?

When focusing on specific algebra/geometry materials, you may want to consider:
 •    How does this presentation of algebra/geometry vary from traditional texts?
 •    What is different about the algebra/geometry instruction in this curriculum? What is
      different about the curriculum itself?
 •    Provide specific examples (if at all possible) of algebra and/or geometry curriculum
      materials that demonstrate your findings.

You will give a brief (10-15 minute) presentation to the class sharing what you learned about
your curriculum program. To aid in your presentation you may want to (1) use overheads and/or
a PowerPoint presentation, (2) bring in a sample of the curriculum, and (3) provide the class with
a learning experience that demonstrates the intent of your curriculum project. Your presentation
needs to include background information on the program itself as well as specific examples
within algebra and/or geometry.

You will present your findings, in class, on Tuesday March 13. There will be no class on
Tuesday February 27 to allow you time to gather and compile information.

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