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The set of courses that a school, university, or other educational institution offers—and, at times, requires for graduation—constitutes its curriculum; these courses may be determined at the school or district level, but more frequently they are influenced by educational legislation and policy. RAND has investigated and advised policymakers on curriculum development in schools worldwide, including helping to redesign the entire curriculum for Qatar's K-12 schools and universities.

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    How Teachers Use Civics Instructional Materials

    Jul 13, 2020

    Teachers' instructional materials provide a window into civic education in schools. Where are public-school social studies teachers getting most of their instructional materials? And how are they using these materials to teach civics?

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    How Are Educators Teaching and Leading Through the Pandemic?

    Jun 22, 2020

    U.S. teachers and principals shifted quickly to support students with distance learning during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis. But unfortunately, the pandemic is likely to make existing inequalities worse.

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    Further Comments on the Mathematical Content of the Business School Curriculum.

    A discussion of how much the teaching of quantitative methods of analysis ought to be emphasized in the modern collegiate business school. Suggestions are given for curriculum content at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (See also P-3083.)...

    Jan 1, 1965

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    The Why and How of Computing in the Secondary Schools

    An argument in favor of including computing in the high school curriculum.

    Jan 1, 1963

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    Elaine Lin Wang

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in learning sciences and policy, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in curriculum, teaching, and learning, University of Toronto; B.Ed. in secondary English and French education, University of British Columbia; B.A. in English and French, University of British Columbia

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    Louay Constant

    Senior Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, RAND Pardee Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in public policy and administration, University of Kentucky; M.S. in agricultural economics, University of Kentucky; B.A. in economics, University of Notre Dame

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    Catherine H. Augustine

    Director, Pittsburgh Office; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in education, University of Michigan; B.A. in political philosophy, Michigan State University

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    Julia H. Kaufman

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education B.A. in English literature, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in teaching, University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. in international education, New York University

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    Al Lucero

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.S. in applied mathematics, University of California, Riverside; B.S. in mathematics, Iowa State University

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    Ashley Woo

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in political economy, University of California, Berkeley

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    Claudia Rodriguez

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences, Arizona State University; B.S. in mathematics, Arizona State University

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    Cathy Stasz

    Adjunct Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in education, University of California, Los Angeles; M.Ed. in educational psychology, Rutgers University; B.A. in psychology, Rider College