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Ercikan, Kadriye, Ed. – International Journal of Educational Research, 1998
The six chapters of this theme issue focus on equivalence and comparability issues in international assessment, examining the impact of these issues on the validity of international assessments and the interpretation of results, including those of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, Research Methodology
Purdom, Candace – Principal, 1999
In 1996, about 750 randomly selected 4th graders, a similar number of 8th graders, and nearly 1,000 12th graders from 19 Chicago-area schools took the Third International Mathematics and Science Survey test as a separate country. Results were impressive and reinforced the good reputation of First in the World Consortium schools, located mostly in…
Descriptors: Affluent Youth, Comparative Education, Consortia, Elementary Secondary Education
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
A videotape series produced by the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Collection demonstrates college and secondary students' misconceptions about everyday phenomena and advocates teaching for understanding. Third International Science and Mathematic Study data show American and German teachers' interest in procedures and algorithms, compared with…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cultural Differences, Discovery Learning, Educational Principles
Kimmelman, Paul L. – School Administrator, 1999
Reform-minded educators should examine business and medical models to construct a viable, research-based framework to validate proposed curricular programs before implementing them. Pursuing a reliable research base for math reform, several superintendents convinced the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement to let…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Change
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Gist, Ginger L. – Journal of Environmental Health, 1998
The president of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) discusses the current state of environmental education and suggests several key issues to address when designing programs: (1) the basis of the program must be sound, unbiased science; (2) critical thinking must be at the core of the learning experience to make it effective and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
Simplistic and misleading statements seriously distort what the Third International Mathematics and Science Study actually says about American 12th-graders' performance. Physics and advanced mathematics scores are beyond redemption. However, if the math and science literacy were accurately calculated, factoring in appropriate variables, the United…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Standardized Tests
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Bernstein, Barbara – Educational Horizons, 1997
Reports results of an international study showing the United States ranking behind other countries in science and math. Compares differences in teaching methods and teacher preparation that may explain differences in the math performance of U.S. students. (SK)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, International Education, Mathematics Achievement
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
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
According to newly released Third International Mathematics and Science Study data, American children may score low on international comparisons because teachers are trying to teach them too many topics. Surprisingly, Florida's minimum competency testing program has not increased low-achievers' dropout rate. A recent "American…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Education, Dropout Rate, Education Work Relationship
Hawkes, Mark; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1997
A consortium of Chicago-area school districts obtained special permission to administer the Third International Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) to consortium students so it could evaluate how its students stacked up against their international peers. TIMSS officials and the U.S. Department of Education are encouraging other districts and…
Descriptors: Awards, Educational Assessment, Educational Cooperation, Educational Status Comparison
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
Continues the discussion about the Third International Mathematics and Science Study results. American eighth-grade students are on a par with science students in New Zealand, China, Iceland, and Bulgaria. Meanwhile, one researcher found that all of the top six countries in TIMSS math had centralized curricula. None relies heavily on tests. (MLH)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Mass Media
Dickey, Edwin; Roblyer, M. D. – Learning & Leading with Technology, 1998
Discusses results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which examined the use of educational technology. Topics include validity and interpretation of results; and what needs to change about how technology is used in education, including adding technology…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Measurement Techniques, Test Interpretation
Bracey, Gerald W. – Principal, 1998
Data from First in the World Consortium (group of 20 suburban school districts that paid to have students take the Third International Mathematics and Science Study tests) and TIMSS dispel pervasive myth that only 1% of American students score as well in math as average Japanese student. Before copying Asia, American educators should examine…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 4
Zach, Kristina – AWIS Magazine, 1997
Highlights the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the most comprehensive international study covering children worldwide in 48 countries. Discusses the first report that focused on the "splintered vision" of the U.S. as compared to other countries. (JRH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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