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Hong, Barbara S. S. – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2014
America is not Singapore and Singapore cannot be America. So why are we often comparing ourselves to high-performing countries based on international exams? Despite the educational crisis many U.S. schools are facing, Americans should be cautious not to mimic another country's model within our diverse classrooms. We are largely grounded on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Track System (Education), Stereotypes
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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
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Lynch, Sharon – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2001
Discusses the policy and practice implications of five articles published in this issue. Argues that the "one size fits all" approach cannot work in systemic reform. (Contains 23 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Culture, Educational Change, Equal Education
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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