ERIC Number: EJ1105596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Exploring Motivational Factors for Educational Reform: Do International Comparisons Dictate Educational Policy?
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v1 n2 p52-55 Fall-Win 2010
In mathematics education, utilizing international comparisons to support implementation of educational reforms has become increasingly common. With the advent of "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study" (TIMSS), educational reform seems to have transitioned to a reactionary process rather than a calculated adaptation of current educational systems. These policy changes may be in response to a need to demonstrate international superiority, determined by these standardized tests. This paper explores the history of educational reform in Japan and Singapore to investigate possible connections between achievement levels and reforms each country made to their educational systems. Frank's Framework will be used to guide the analysis of their educational policies with a focus on how these countries use aspects of this framework to guide reform decisions, or if they use a narrow focus on the TIMSS results. These results can then be extended to the process of reform development in the United States.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Motivation, Influences, Mathematics Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Comparative Education, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, International Assessment, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/jmetc
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan; Singapore
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study