Title page for ETD etd-07082009-143307

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Carlin, Robyn Williams
Author's Email Address carlinmath30@aol.com
URN etd-07082009-143307
Title A Comparative Study of Geometry Curricula
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James Madden Committee Chair
Guillermo Ferreyra Committee Member
Padmanaban Sundar Committee Member
  • geometry curriculum
Date of Defense 2009-07-07
Availability unrestricted
In the United States, geometry has long been offered to high school students in the tenth grade. Attempts have been made in recent years to expand the role of geometry across grades Pre-K through twelve. However, based on the latest TIMSS results, although students in the United States made gains in most content areas, they still struggle with geometric concepts compared to their counterparts in other nations of the world, primarily those in certain Asian countries like Singapore and China. We argue that the structure of the curriculum and the instructional strategies used in these countries may lead to more progressive reform strategies for the United States curriculum. These strategies may provide the catalyst to push our students back to the head of the class when assessed locally, nationally, and internationally.
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