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curriculum alignment
intended, enacted, assessed curricula
cognitive complexity
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Seitz, Paolina
Supervisor and department
Rogers, Todd (Education Psychology
Examining committee member and department
Rogers, Todd (Education Psychology)
Rinaldi, Christina (Education Psychology)
Foster, Rosemary (Policy Studies)
Buck, George (Education Psychology)
Glanfield, Florence (Secondary Education)
Klinger, Don (Education Psychology - Queen's University)
Department of Educational Psychology
Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition
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Doctor of Philosophy
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The study examined curriculum alignment among the intended, the enacted, and the assessed curricula in Grade 9 mathematics in two domains: content/operations and cognitive processes. The Program of Studies was used to determine the content operations. The Delphi Process was used to identify the cognitive levels for the intended curriculum. Classroom observations were used to capture the enacted curriculum, and End of the Unit tests were used to determine the assessed curriculum. Results indicated that curriculum alignment among the intended, enacted and assessed curricula for the mathematics content/operations was quite high (97% alignment). In contrast, curriculum alignment among the intended, enacted and assessed curricula for the cognitive processes was quite low (7.3% alignment). This study makes a contribution towards understanding the quality of the relationship among the intended, enacted and assessed curricula in mathematics education. The methodological framework provides a model for subsequent research on curriculum alignment among the three components of the education system.
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