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Type of Culminating Activity

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Degree Title

Master of Science in Mathematics Education



Major Advisor

Margaret T. Kinzel


Alan Hausrath


Kathleen Rohrig


Research reported in educational literature suggests that there is a connection among curriculum, self-efficacy, and students’ academic achievement in mathematics. This paper reviews the curricula associated with the recent recommendations by major mathematics education professional organizations, such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2000) and the Mathematical Sciences Education Board (National Research Council, 1989). These organizations call for fundamental changes in secondary school mathematics curricula and instruction. These changes have special implications on the curriculum and instruction within the mathematics classroom and have the potential to affect the self-efficacy and academic achievement of students. The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of a standards-based curriculum in a unique classroom of low-achieving students that have failed in a traditional setting.