ERIC Number: ED316494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
International Comparisons and Educational Reform.
Purves, Alan C., Ed.
Increasingly over the past decade there have appeared in the press bar graphs comparing the performance of U.S. students with their counterparts in other countries. Usually these graphs have been accompanied by dire warnings and pointing fingers. The main source of the data on international comparisons has been the International Association for the Evaluation of Education (IEA). The articles that make up this document focus primarily on the studies conducted by the IEA. Seth Spaulding sets the stage by looking at the history and policy implications of comparative studies in education, including those of IEA. Ian Westbury shows how complex the interpretation of comparative achievement scores can be. Inger Marklund from Sweden and Zoltan Bathory from Hungary show how two systems of education have used the study results to foster curricular changes in the schools of their respective countries. Both show how the public and planners can use comparative data in a thoughtful fashion. Edward Kifer, Lorin Anderson and Neville Postlethwaite, and Alan Purves examine the various studies to see what broad implications can be drawn concerning issues related to curriculum and instruction. Herbert Walberg examines the relationship between student performance measures and other indicators of a nation's well-being in the world. Chester Finn concludes the volume with a look at comparative performance from a policymaker's point of view. (JB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, International Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Policy Formation, Science Education, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA (Stock No. 611-89106, $14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.