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Lee, Okhee – 1998
The current standards-based and systemic reform has an overarching goal: high academic standards for all students. In achieving the goal of "science for all," the key is the construct of science achievement T what K-12 students should know and be able to do in science. This paper reviews and analyzes the conceptions of science…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communications, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Beaton, Albert E.; And Others – 1996
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is the largest and most ambitious study undertaken by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. Forty-five countries collected data in more than 30 languages. Five grade levels were tested in the two subject areas, so that more than half a million…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Data Collection, Family Environment, Foreign Countries
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC. – 1999
This booklet provides an overview of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Key findings from the Pursuing Excellence series of reports for each grade level as well as overall comparative findings are detailed. At the fourth grade level, U.S. students were above the international average in both science and mathematics. In…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Wang, Jianjun; Staver, John – 1999
Development of the test instrument in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) was based on the expertise of many researchers, including "distinguished scholars from 10 countries" who participated on the TIMSS Subject Matter Advisory Committee. However, a close examination of the TIMSS Science items suggests that not…
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Item Analysis
Chabran, Melissa; LeTendre, Mary Jean – American School Board Journal, 1998
Results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) illustrate the urgency of strengthening mathematics education. School leaders can determine whether more of Title I funds should be shifted to mathematics programs. Title I can be a key resource for raising expectations for students, professional development, and the use of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid
American School Board Journal, 1998
Lawrence Hardy's lead article details a year of diminished expectations, highlighting teacher shortages, failing teacher competency scores, 12th graders' dismal TIMSS scores, affirmative-action setbacks, and Milwaukee voucher triumphs. Kevin Bushweller probes school violence issues. Others discuss leadership trends, school-success indicators, and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Affirmative Action, Educational Technology, Educational Trends
Dickey, Edwin; Roblyer, M. D. – Learning & Leading with Technology, 1997
Examines the impact of technology on educational effectiveness in the United States as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Presents five items from NAEP and TIMSS tests that may favor students with technology experience. Concludes that further…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
Baker, David P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
So far, results from the massive Third International Mathematics and Science Study indicate that American students have not yet achieved national goal number 5--to be first in the world in math and science achievement by 2000. Although fourth graders' results were surprisingly stronger than eighth graders' scores, American students' overall…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 12
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
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Sparks, Dennis – Journal of Staff Development, 1997
In this interview, Professional Development Director Susan Loucks-Horsley explains that science teachers must experience science in new ways themselves. Topics covered include her involvement in educational improvement; pedagogical content knowledge and teaching skills; teaching teachers; successful professional development; new standards and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Puk, Tom – Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 1999
Comparison of teaching practices of grade 7-8 science teachers in Ontario, Alberta, and Singapore found an implicit "formula for success" related to high scores on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Recent Ontario curriculum guidelines aimed at boosting TIMSS scores ignore provincial educational values that…
Descriptors: Conventional Instruction, Cultural Context, Educational Change, Educational Policy
Riley, Richard W. – Teaching Pre K-8, 1997
Describes findings of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), on which eighth-grade U.S. scores were above average in science and below average in mathematics. Concludes that teachers are vital to raising standards by analyzing teaching practices, reforming professional development programs, implementating new teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Benchmarking, Competence, Educational Improvement
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
Atkin, J. Myron; Black, Paul – Phi Delta Kappan, 1997
An innovation-focused Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study of 13 nations participating in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) found universal unhappiness with the state of mathematics and science education. There was no link among successful test scores, improvement goals, or satisfaction of…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Competition, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy
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