ERIC Number: ED407486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Schooling as Preparation for Life and Work in Switzerland and Britain. Discussion Paper No. 75.
Bierhoff, Helvia; Prais, S. J.
As part of a larger comparison of the school-to-work transition in Switzerland and Great Britain, instruction in mathematics, science, and practical subjects (industrial arts and home economics) in the two countries was compared by two methods: site visits to English and Swiss schools by teams of English teachers and inspectors and analyses of the performance of samples of English and Swiss students on the International Assessment of Educational Progress (IAEP). Of the English and Swiss pupils selected on a representative basis, 47% and 80% participated, respectively. The Swiss students scored significantly higher on the IAEP than the British students did. Although some English students met standards as high as those observed in Switzerland, Swiss students generally appeared to be 1-2 years ahead of their English counterparts. The observed differences between English and Swiss students' levels of achievement were attributed partly to differences in the teaching styles and syllabus content observed in the two countries and partly to the excellence of Swiss primary school teachers. Emphasis on pupils' active involvement in the learning process was greater in Switzerland. (Contains 78 footnotes. Appended is information on a Swiss experiment in comprehensive schooling.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Styles, Technology Education, Vocational Education
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE, England, United Kingdom (3 British pounds, members of the European Union; 4 British pounds, nonmembers).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Economic and Social Research, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland; United Kingdom (Great Britain)