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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
McConaghy, Tom – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
In the grade 12 portion of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, Canadian students performed better than other participating G-8 countries. In fact, Canada scored consistently above the international mean for all three age groups tested. However, some educators and reformers have expressed dissatisfaction with these results. (MLH)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
Singapore students scored highest on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Any nation that "outsources" its poverty (Malaysian street sweepers) and its low-achievers (who study in Malaysia) can get high test scores. U.S./Japan score differences stem from Japan's effective teaching practices. Among 13 occupations in the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Educational Practices
Stevenson, Harold W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Discusses case studies of the United States, Germany, and Japan included in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Highlights national standards, teacher training and working conditions, attitudes toward dealing with ability differences, and the place of school in adolescents' lives. Compared to Japanese and German…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Ethnomathematics, Foreign Countries
Forgione, Pascal D., Jr. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Responds to the most commonly asked questions and criticisms regarding the Third International Mathematics and Science Study's assessment of students at the end of secondary school. Answers cover differences in age and grade levels, differences in enrollment rates, definitions of the U.S. advanced mathematics population, unbelievable numbers,…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries
Stigler, James W.; Hiebert, James – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
The videotape portion of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which captured "typical" mathematics instruction in Germany, the United States, and Japan, disclosed information about types of mathematics students encountered, teachers' role in developing concepts and lessons, and expectations for students. The…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Mathematics Instruction