Expanding the Notion of Impact of K–12 Standards-based Mathematics and Reform Calculus Programs

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  • 1 Michigan State University

Research on the impact of Standards-based, K–12 mathematics programs (i.e., written curricula and associated teaching practices) and of reform calculus programs has focused primarily on student achievement and secondarily, and rather ineffectively, on student attitudes. This research has shown that reform programs have competed well with traditional programs in terms of student achievement. Results for attitude change have been much less conclusive because of conceptual and methodological problems. We critically review this literature to argue for broader conceptions of impact that target new dimensions of program effect and examine interactions between dimensions. We also briefly present the conceptualization, design, and broad results of one study, the Mathematical Transitions Project (MTP), which expanded the range of impact along those lines. The MTP results reveal substantial diversity in students' experience within and between research sites, different patterns of experience between high school and university students, and surprising relationships between achievement and attitude for some students.

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John P. Smith III, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, 513H Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; jsmith@msu.edu

Jon R. Star, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, 513C Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; jonstar@msu.edu

(Corresponding author is Smith jsmith@msu.edu)(Corresponding author is Star jonstar@msu.edu)
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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