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Curriculum Research Framework


The Center is committed to engaging in and promoting a program of research that assists curriculum developers, teacher leaders, school administrators, and policy makers to better understand the critical design and implementation factors that enable curriculum materials to support student learning.

The framework shown below (Figure 1) illustrates the inter-connectedness of various types of curriculum - intended, written (textbook), assessed, implemented, and learned. It also illustrates forces that impact on each type of curriculum. CSMC scholars are investigating various research questions embedded within the framework (see "Research in Progress" for a listing of ongoing and completed studies).

Research Questions of Interest
A summary of questions of interest to CSMC Researchers is provided. The questions are organized around six broad and inter-related areas of curriculum: curriculum design and analysis; adoption and enactment; student learning; teacher knowledge and beliefs; history and status; and policy.

Research in Progress
CSMC scholars are investigating various research questions embedded within the framework. Specific research activities in progress and/or completed is summarized here.

Influences on the Enacted Curriculum
CSMC Research Associates developed this framework at a conference on researching the enacted curriculum in November, 2010. It is currently undergoing revision by Janine Remillard and Dan Heck and will be published in a forthcoming issue of ZDM.

Priority Research Agenda Related to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
This report details the rationale for, and recommendations of, a priority research agenda for understanding the influence of the CCSSM. It concludes with methodological considerations for carrying out the proposed agenda. The priority research agenda was developed by Horizon Research, Inc., with broad-based input from mathematics education and policy researchers.

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