Curriculum and Implementation Effects on High School Students' Mathematics Learning From Curricula Representing Subject-Specific and Integrated Content Organizations

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Curriculum, Curriculum effectiveness, HLM, Integrated curriculum, Secondary mathematics


This study examined the effect of 2 types of mathematics content organization on high school students' mathematics learning while taking account of curriculum implementation and student prior achievement. Hierarchical linear modeling with 3 levels showed that students who studied from the integrated curriculum were significantly advantaged over students who studied from a subject-specific curriculum on 3 end-of-year outcome measures: Test of Common Objectives, Problem Solving and Reasoning Test, and a standardized achievement test. Opportunity to learn and teaching experience were significant moderating factors.

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Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v. 44, issue 2, p. 416-463