A recent ScienceDaily article discusses implications of new research appearing in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, “Non-Traditional Mathematics Curriculum Results in Higher Standardized Test Scores.”
According to the article:
James Tarr, a professor in the MU College of Education, and Doug Grouws, a professor emeritus from MU, studied more than 3,000 high school students around the country to determine whether there is a difference in achievement when students study from an integrated mathematics program or a more traditional curriculum. Integrated mathematics is a curriculum that combines several mathematic topics, such as algebra, geometry and statistics, into single courses. Many countries that currently perform higher than the U.S. in mathematics achievement use a more integrated curriculum.
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