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Secondary School, Mathematics Curriculum

Multiple definitions of curriculum contribute to the complexity in defining the secondary school mathematics curriculum. A simplistic definition of curriculum is a sequence of courses. Another definition is that which is taught in schools. A more comprehensive definition is the total set of experiences students encounter in schools. For purposes of this entry, the secondary school mathematics curriculum refers to the total set of mathematics middle and high school students experience in schools, including the content, sequence of courses, and extracurricular opportunities.

Mathematics is recognized as a gatekeeper for advanced courses and areas of study. The type of mathematical experiences gifted, creative, and talented students encounter in schools is of utter import, particularly considering continual efforts to enhance international competitiveness in the fields of science, technology, ...

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