Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students in Cuba Do Better in School

Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students in Cuba Do Better in School

by Martin Carnoy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804755981

ISBN-13: 9780804755986

Pub. Date: 03/12/2007

Publisher: Stanford University Press

“In a fascinating saga employing forensic tools of statistical analysis, interviews, and classroom observation, Martin Carnoy is able to pierce the mystery of how economically impoverished Cuba academically outperforms the rest of Latin America. The results of his detective work provide valuable insights to those who are preoccupied with raising student

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“In a fascinating saga employing forensic tools of statistical analysis, interviews, and classroom observation, Martin Carnoy is able to pierce the mystery of how economically impoverished Cuba academically outperforms the rest of Latin America. The results of his detective work provide valuable insights to those who are preoccupied with raising student achievement in the United States.”—Harry M. Levin, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Small, personalized schools staffed by highly trained teachers offering a child-centered education. Long-term relationships between teachers and students. A coherent curriculum organized for conceptual understanding. Strong leadership from principals who focus on instruction and support teacher collaboration. These features of Cuba's educational system sound like the list of reforms that are constantly being urged by educational reformers in the United States. The difference is that in Cuba, these practices have become virtually universal. This powerful book describes the policy system that has created one of the most effective and equitable school systems in the Americas, and provides compelling data from quantitative analyses and vivid observations of schools and classrooms that illustrate how it works. Everyone interested in improving education should read this book.”—-Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804755986
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/12/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
513,024
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Context Matters     1
Three Educational Systems in Three Social Contexts     18
Understanding Why School Achievement Varies     45
Comparing Academic Performance in Cuba and Other Latin American Countries     56
The Long Road from Curriculum Construction to Student Learning     78
Opportunity to Learn and Teaching Patterns     112
Lessons Learned     141
A Production Function Estimates of Student Achievement in Latin America, by Country     161
B Definitions of Terms Used in Chapter 6 and Task Analysis Guide     180
Notes     185
References     193
Index     201

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