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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309074407
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 17
2 Context of Advanced Study 28
3 The Advanced Placement Program 64
4 The International Baccalaureate Programme 83
5 Other Opportunities and Approaches to Advanced Study 103
6 Learning with Understanding: Seven Principles 117
7 Designing Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development 134
8 Analysis of the AP and IB Programs Based on Learning Research 154
9 Analysis of AP and IB Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development 176
10 Uses, Misuses, and Unintended Consequences of AP and IB 185
11 Recommendations 197
References 206
App. A: Overview of Panel Findings and Recommendations 229
App. B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members 253
App. C: Statement of Task 259
Index 261
Content Panel Reports 273
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