Middle-school mathematics curriculum reform in Japan and Georgia
Gonzalez, Todd Anthony
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Japanese curriculum changes between the 1989 and 1998 Guidelines for Instruction and Learning (Junior High School) and the 2004-2005 adaptation of the 1989 Guidelines for Mathematics by the Georgia Board of Education as a replacement for its middle school Quality Core Curriculum Mathematics Standards are analyzed. Side-by-side comparisons of the pre- and post-reform Japanese curricula are listed, as well as a listing of changes made by Georgia in its adoption. This study finds that Japanese curriculum reform was for relaxed standards, whereas the Japanese standards as interpreted and adopted by Georgia were the more demanding standards abandoned by the Japanese Ministry of Education.