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Which goals and standards guide science education across the world? This first report of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) explores this question by examining the rich data collected in the TIMSS Curriculum Analysis.
This is a study without precedent in scale or detail. It includes an exhaustive, page-by-page inventory of science content and other pedagogical characteristics collected from hundreds of textbooks and curriculum guides from almost 50 countries. These data document many important features of these countries' mathematics education curricula.
The book examines important features of curriculum policy across the TIMSS countries, especially the role of textbooks and curriculum guides. It also portrays similarities and differences in science curricula in the succession of objectives across grades. Additionally, it details characteristics of the science curriculum as embodied in textbooks and curriculum guides intended for select grades.
This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with science education standards, curriculum policy, cross-national educational comparisons, and science pedagogy.
Preface. I: Characterizing Curriculum: An Overview. 1. Science Curriculum: Investigating Curricular Intentions. 2. Overview of Results. II: Curricular Organization and Control. 3. Seeking Shared Visions Among the Many. 4. Curriculum Guides: Directing Curriculum by Intention. III: Reflections of Curriculum. 5. Intended Flow of Science Curricula. 6. Milestones in Science Curricula. 7. Emphasized Curriculum Topics. 8. Other Aspects of the Curriculum: Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Perspectives. 9. Re-Examining Shared Visions: Country Groupings. IV: Consequences of Curriculum: Policy Implications. 10. Concluding Remarks. V: Supporting Data. Appendices:- A: Curriculum, Experience, and Opportunity. B: A Model of Potential Educational Experiences. C: TIMSS Curriculum Frameworks: Measuring Curricular Elements. D: Topic Tracing Methods. E: Document Analysis Methods. F: Participating Countries. G: Documents Analyzed. H: Acknowledgements. I: Tables and Figures for all Participating Countries. J: List of Tables: Science. K: List of Figures: Science.