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The Impact of Reform Instruction on Student Mathematics Achievement : An Example of a Summative Evaluation of a Standards-Based Curriculum - Thomas A. Romberg

The Impact of Reform Instruction on Student Mathematics Achievement

An Example of a Summative Evaluation of a Standards-Based Curriculum

Hardcover Published: 13th June 2008
ISBN: 9780415990097
Number Of Pages: 188

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Summarizing data derived from a four-year combined longitudinal/ cross-sectional comparative study of the implementation of one standards-based middle school curriculum program, Mathematics in Context, this book demonstrates the challenges of conducting comparative longitudinal research in the reality of school life.


The study was designed to answer three questions:



  • What is the impact on student performance of the Mathematics in Context instructional approach, which differs from most conventional mathematics texts in both content and expected pedagogy?



  • How is this impact different from that of traditional instruction on student performance?



  • What variables associated with classroom instruction account for variation in student performance?



The researchers examined a range of variables that affected data collection. These variations highlight the need to study the effects of the culture in which student learning is situated when analyzing the impact of standards-based curricula on student achievement.


This book is directed to educational researchers interested in curriculum implementation, mathematics educators interested in the effects of using reform curriculum materials in classrooms, evaluators and research methodologists interested in structural modeling and scaling of instructional variables, and educational policy makers concerned about reform efforts.


Summative evaluation of standards-based curriculap. 1
Proposing to study standards-based curriculum implementationp. 15
Setting the foundation: initiation of the studyp. 21
Building a culture of support for reform: implementation of professional developmentp. 27
Examining the role of teachers: background, instruction, and treatment fidelityp. 36
Linking instruction and student opportunity to learn with understandingp. 49
Looking at assessment instrumentsp. 56
Findings about student achievement, question 1: what is the impact of the MiC instructional approach on student achievement?p. 64
Findings about student achievement, question 2: how is the impact of instruction using MiC different from that of conventional instruction on student performance?p. 90
Findings about student achievement, question 3: what variables associated with classroom instruction account for variation in student performance?p. 127
What we learned from the research and the implications for curriculum evaluationsp. 158
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 182
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ISBN: 9780415990097
ISBN-10: 0415990092
Series: Studies in Mathematical Thinking and Learning
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 13th June 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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