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Oishi, Lindsay – District Administration, 2011
"Solve for x." While many people first encountered this enigmatic instruction in high school, the last 20 years have seen a strong push to get students to take algebra in eighth grade or even before. Today, concerns about the economy highlight a familiar worry: American eighth-graders trailed their peers in five Asian countries on the…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Algebra, Academic Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
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Aubusson, Peter – Australian Journal of Education, 2011
Science schooling enjoys high status. Scientific capability is perceived as critical in underpinning economic success in advanced societies. Science achievement, at all levels, has become a global competition in which nations want to be seen to triumph. Governments periodically pay close attention to science education with a view to ensuring it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, Curriculum Development
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Bouhlila, Donia Smaali – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2011
Research on educational quality has been scarce in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, whereas the debates over educational quality date from 1966 in the USA with the Coleman Report. Fortunately TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) starts to fill this gap by providing data on students' achievement and for many…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality
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DeBoer, George E. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2011
Standards-based science education, with its emphasis on monitoring and accountability, is rapidly becoming a key part of the globalization of science education. Standards-based testing within countries is increasingly being used to determine the effectiveness of a country's educational system, and international testing programs such as Programme…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Testing, Global Approach, Educational Change
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Brown, Margaret – Curriculum Journal, 2011
Inferences from recent international comparative data on mathematical attainment, frequently quoted as justification for curriculum change, are critically examined, and the implications are contrasted with expressed curricular aims. Using characterisations by Ball (1990) and Ernest (1991), positions of key actors are analysed in relation to…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Cultural Background
Alvarez, Charles Alex; Edwards, Douglas; Harris, Bonnie – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
Addressing the under-representation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been an initiative of the U.S. Congress for the past 30 years, but the challenge still remains unresolved. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Congressional Committee on Equal…
Descriptors: Magnet Schools, Internship Programs, Engineering, African American Students
Sheperd, Paul; Sakashita, Sue Savage – Understanding Our Gifted, 2009
Typical middle and high school math curricula are template based, meaning the use of standardized methods to solve mathematical problems as examples on which to base other problem solving. Template based math instruction may help a student to pass tests; however, it is an insufficient way to develop mathematical thinking. Mathematicians are…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics, Professional Personnel
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Brown, David S.; Wang, Tao – College Teaching Methods & Styles Journal, 2008
Two computer viruses that have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage over the past four years are the Melissa and the Sasser virus. In March of 1999, the Melissa virus first appeared on the Internet and spread rapidly throughout computer systems in the United States and Europe. The virus made its way through 1.2 million computers in the…
Descriptors: Computer Security, Internet, Ethics, Computer Uses in Education
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Lee, Yim Ping – Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 2005
In the past, the teacher's sole job is to dispense his pool of knowledge to his students. The emergence of the knowledge economy and globalisation have redefined the place and role of knowledge in society. It is no longer effective to accumulate knowledge but rather to acquire skills for processing the large amount of data made available through…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Describes five types of curriculum differentiation identified in tracking research based on analysis of case study databases of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Case studies include interviews with educators, parents, and students in Germany, Japan, and the United States. Compares parental influence on student tracking…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Ercikan, Kadriye – International Journal of Testing, 2002
Disentangled sources of differential item functioning (DIF) in a multilanguage assessment for which multiple factors were expected to be causing DIF. Data for the Third International Mathematics and Science study for four countries and two languages (3,000 to 11,000 cases in each comparison group) reveal amounts and sources of DIF. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, English, French, International Studies
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Cole, Milton W.; Zembal-Saul, Carla – American Journal of Physics, 2002
Explains problems with student achievement in science education that have been present for a long time and are still appearing in recent studies such as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Introduces some collaborative activities to enhance elementary science education. (YDS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Schmidt, William; Houang, Richard; Cogan, Leland – American Educator, 2002
Shows that the mathematics curricula used in the highest achieving countries are very similar and coherent. Using a visual comparison, this paper explains where the United States comes up short, noting that in the countries with the highest mathematics achievement, teachers have coherent guidelines (national curricula) and related tools and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Papanastasiou, Constantinos – Studies in Educational Evaluation, 2002
Describes patterns of achievement in mathematics and science for elementary and secondary students who participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Discusses the low achievement of Cyprus students and the responses of the public and the educational system. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Mathematics Achievement
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Zuzovsky, Ruth – Studies in Educational Evaluation, 2002
Discusses criticisms of international educational studies and describes ways in which such studies can be used advantageously for diagnosis, identification of "what works," and monitoring and accountability. Presents examples of these categories of use. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, International Studies
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