ERIC Number: ED401126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics and Science Education around the World: What Can We Learn from the Survey of Mathematics and Science Opportunities (SMSO) and the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)?
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
This report is designed to help frame discussion and analysis of data that will emerge from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a landmark study of mathematics and science education that investigates the mathematics and science curricula at three academic levels--age 9, age 13, and the last year of high school--in more than 40 countries. The primary source for this report is the first released component of TIMSS, the Survey of Mathematics and Science Opportunities (SMSO). It also draws on related published documents and on informal consultation with TIMSS staff and highlights directions for further inquiry more than findings. The focus of this report is on what TIMSS will be able to contribute to the understanding of mathematics and science education around the world as well as to current efforts to improve student learning, particularly in the United States. Topics covered include information on TIMSS, opportunity to learn, kinds of information collected by TIMSS researchers, challenges and opportunities of cross-national research, information on SMSO, what can be learned from SMSO, intended curriculum, implemented curriculum and instructional practices, and further questions that might be explored by TIMSS. It is concluded that SMSO and TIMSS offer an important opportunity to learn more about international variations in curriculum and instructional practice in mathematics and science, and this data provides a rare opportunity in discourse about mathematics and science education, its analysis, and improvement. (JRH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, International Studies, Mathematics Education, Science Education
National Research Council, Mathematical Sciences Education Board or Committee on Science Education K-12, 2101 Constitution Avenue N.W., HA 450, Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study