The Alignment Project

Valued Performances in mathematics and science classrooms in Australia, Finland and China:
Interrogating the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment

Project Overview

International research leads us to question curricular goals and their realization in instruction and assessment. We need to understand the way in which cultural settings and good practice combine to produce learning outcomes in mathematics and science. The inclusion of Finland and China provides important points of comparison between Australian practice and practices in highly successful comparator settings. This international project uses comparative methods and epistemic stance analysis to study valued and performed learning outcomes documented in each setting with respect to curriculum, instruction, standards and assessment, and to critically review the alignment of these four essential elements within each of the three sites and for both mathematics and science.

Research Team

David Clarke, University of Melbourne, Australia
Yiming Cao, Beijing Normal University, China
Lei Wang, Beijing Normal University, China
Einav Aizikovitsh-Udi, Beit Berl Academic College, Israel
Prof. Barbara FreskoBeit Berl Academic College, Israel
Natasha Ziebell, University of Melbourne, Australia
Aloysius Ong, University of Melbourne, Australia
Lianchun Dong, Monash University, Australia
Yufeng Guo, Beijing Normal University, China
Li Hua Xu, Deakin University, Australia
Fritjof Sahlström, University of Helsinki, Finland
Jonas Emanuelsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden