ERIC Number: ED348278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
International Comparisons in Education: Curriculum, Values, and Lessons.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Communications Branch.; Alberta Chamber Resources, Edmonton.
This study was intended to promote discussion between business leaders and educators in Alberta (Canada) on the quality of Alberta's education system and its relation to the province's economic competitiveness. The study offers an objective comparison of materials used in grades 7 to 12 to teach mathematics, physics, and chemistry in Japan, Germany, Hungary, and the Canadian province of Alberta. Comprised of three reports, Report 1, "International Curriculum Comparisons," presents details of the objective text and curriculum comparison work, and sets forth methodologies, findings, and implications. Report 2, "Alternative Values, Schools, and Futures for the 21st Century," gives an historical perspective of mathematics and science education reform, discusses societal values and their trends in Alberta, and draws cross-cultural comparisons with Japan and European countries. Additionally, education system comparisons, conclusions, and recommendations also are presented. Report 3, "Observations and Lessons Along the Way," offers a business perspective of Alberta issues and identifies further lessons from the international comparison. Implications and recommendations for specific sectors are reviewed and an outline of the course of future development is offered. The study results present findings concerning values, textbooks and curriculum design, emphasis on achievement and outcomes, part-time work, class time utilization and discipline, class organization, mathematics and science education, partnerships, Alberta policy initiatives, and choice and effective schools. Twenty-eight recommendations are made for businesses, educators, and educational policy makers. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Instructional Material Evaluation, International Education, Role of Education, School Business Relationship
Alberta Chamber of Resources, Suite 1410, Oxford Tower, 10235 101 Street, Edmonton, T5J 3G1, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Communications Branch.; Alberta Chamber Resources, Edmonton.
Identifiers: Alberta; Germany; Hungary; Japan