ERIC Number: ED292670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Mathematics Curricula and Age Cohort Participation: A Six Nation Comparison.
Secondary level mathematics programs of England, Finland, France, Israel, Japan and Swaziland are compared using data from the Second International Mathematics Study and United Nations sources. Within a clearly defined school structure, the number of mathematics course options, age cohort enrollments and male/female ratios are considered with an emphasis on the entry and terminal levels of secondary schooling and details of the mathematics content of the prescribed curriculm of the first year. The results show that most countries have a large proportion of their students in school and generally taking the same mathematics course during the first year of secondary school. By the terminal year, however, the number of mathematics options has increased in all countries while the proportional number of students enrolled in such courses has decreased with equal proportions of males and females in only two of the six countries studied. (Author)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, National Programs, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Sex Differences, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October, 1987).