Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools

Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools

by Committee on Programs for Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in American High Schools, National Research Council
     
 

This book takes a fresh look at programs for advanced studies for high school students in the United States, with a particular focus on the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate programs, and asks how advanced studies can be significantly improved in general. It also examines two of the core issues surrounding these programs: they can have a… See more details below

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This book takes a fresh look at programs for advanced studies for high school students in the United States, with a particular focus on the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate programs, and asks how advanced studies can be significantly improved in general. It also examines two of the core issues surrounding these programs: they can have a profound impact on other components of the education system and participation in the programs has become key to admission at selective institutions of higher education.

By looking at what could enhance the quality of high school advanced study programs as well as what precedes and comes after these programs, this report provides teachers, parents, curriculum developers, administrators, college science and mathematics faculty, and the educational research community with a detailed assessment that can be used to guide change within advanced study programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309074407
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
07/31/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
1Introduction17
2Context of Advanced Study28
3The Advanced Placement Program64
4The International Baccalaureate Programme83
5Other Opportunities and Approaches to Advanced Study103
6Learning with Understanding: Seven Principles117
7Designing Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development134
8Analysis of the AP and IB Programs Based on Learning Research154
9Analysis of AP and IB Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development176
10Uses, Misuses, and Unintended Consequences of AP and IB185
11Recommendations197
References206
App. A: Overview of Panel Findings and Recommendations229
App. B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members253
App. C: Statement of Task259
Index261
Content Panel Reports273

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