ERIC Number: ED227068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-25
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Review of Curriculum: Mathematics and International Studies in the Secondary Schools of Five Countries.
Eckstein, Max A.; And Others
This paper describes curriculum content in two areas--mathematics and international studies--in the secondary schools of Canada, Japan, West Germany, the USSR, and the United States. Relevant background on teacher preparation and on the structure and organization of secondary schooling in each country is introduced to provide a context for the information provided. After the introduction, the paper's second part summarizes major conceptual and methodological issues in comparative studies and in comparative curriculum. In the third section, the content of the mathematics programs is presented with data on when that content is introduced into the program in each country. A sampling of instructional practices from various countries which may have relevance to mathematics education in the United States is included, and issues in mathematics education are examined. The international studies component of the broader social studies curriculum is described and discussed in the fourth section, and case histories of the curriculum in each country are presented. In the fifth part, concluding observations draw attention to the issues of the nature, possibilities, and problems of comparative curriculum study, the two curriculum areas, teachers and instruction, and considerations of curriculum change and policy making. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Excellence in Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Canada; Japan; National Commission on Excellence in Education; United States; USSR; West Germany
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the National Commission on Excellence in Education (Washington, DC, February 25, 1982).