Elementary Curricula in Mexico and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Content Standards and Objectives

John Petrovic

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In this monograph, John Petrovic (now of the University of Alabama) begins the much-needed task of comparing the curricula of public schools in the United States and those in Mexico. As was the case with the teacher education report, we were faced here with a difficult comparison since the K-12 curriculum is national in Mexico and thoroughly decentralized in the United States. By focusing on two key states with large Hispanic populations, Petrovic was able to identify differences and similarities in the curriculum objectives for math and language arts in the two countries. It is the first of many such analyses that should be carried out in order to pin down the differences between what bi-national children experience in one country and in the other. Much remains to be done in this critical area and we hope that our initial efforts will inspire others to continue the task.

This publication was prepared by the Center for Bilingual Education and Research, College of Education, Arizona State University as a resource for Project Alianza – a consortium of organizations and universities working to improve preparation programs for bilingual education teachers. Project Alianza is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through a collaboration of Intercultural Development Research Association and the Mexican and American Solidarity Foundation.

Available online only (free). (IDRA and Arizona State University; No ISBN; Paperback; 118 Pages; 2000)


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Elementary Curricula in Mexico and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Content Standards and Objectives