Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An evaluation of integrated curriculum as it exists in mathematics and science SSS as well as the subsequent supportive presentation of those standards in eighth grade mathematics and science textbooks
by Gill, Clara Joanne Schneberger, Ed.D., University of Central Florida, 2010, 215; 3415063
Abstract (Summary)

This study attempted to verify points of intersection (POIs) between mathematics and science in the eighth grade Sunshine State Standards (SSS), and to develop a valid and reliable instrument to evaluate these POIs as they were presented in the respective mathematics and science textbooks approved for use in Florida public schools. Shannon and Weaver (1998) delineated a process for content analysis that informed the design of this analysis. The process began with an analysis of the SSS to uncover POIs between mathematics and science; considered effective strategies for presenting these points of intersection in the classroom; and examined the textbooks for a mutually supportive presentation of the POIs between the two domains.

The criterion for textbook evaluation was synthesized from documents used by the National Research Council (NRC, 2004) and Project 2061 (Roseman, Kulm, Shuttleworth, 2001. These criteria were examined in terms of measureable elements of textbook design, vocabulary, inquiry and problem solving in order to create integrated objectives, which were then operationalized so that each objective could be evaluated using the Textbook Evaluation Document (TED). The validity of the TED was insured by the transparency of the process. Reliability was determined in two steps, first to determine the most reliable segments of the document and finally to confirm the reliability of those segments.

It was determined that the vocabulary section of the TED consistently produced reliability scores above 70% with variation of Supportive Curriculum Scores (SCS) between textbooks. This indicated that a measure of supportive vocabulary could be generated for use in future studies for example correlating supportive curriculum with student achievement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dixon, Juli K.
School: University of Central Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics education, Middle School education, Science education, Curriculum development
Keywords: Eighth-grade, Florida, Integrated curriculum, Mathematics, Science, Sunshine State Standards
Publication Number: 3415063
ISBN: 9781124090528
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