Why Schools Matter: A Cross-National Comparison of Curriculum and Learning / Edition 1

Why Schools Matter: A Cross-National Comparison of Curriculum and Learning / Edition 1

by William H. Schmidt, Curtis C. McKnight, Richard T. Houang, HsingChi Wang
     
 

What will it take for our schools to provide world-class education in mathematics and science? This groundbreaking study of the curriculum-achievement connection in mathematics and science has important implications for what we teach, and the standards we set in schools.
Why Schools Matter offers an in-depth examination of the information that came out

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Overview

What will it take for our schools to provide world-class education in mathematics and science? This groundbreaking study of the curriculum-achievement connection in mathematics and science has important implications for what we teach, and the standards we set in schools.
Why Schools Matter offers an in-depth examination of the information that came out of the TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study). Launched in 1995, the TMISS looks at mathematics and science achievement in over forty countries at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In that study, the United States lags behind other countries especially by the end of secondary school. The study also reveals that it is not the quality of the students that contributes to this low achievement. It is, in fact, what is being taught that makes a difference. The standards, the textbooks, the sequence, and the depth of the content taught are the key to improving mathematics and science achievement. William Schmidt and his research team confirm that curriculum has a profound effect on student achievement and plays a crucial role in providing opportunities for student learning.
Drawing on the rich data from the TIMSS, Schmidt and his coauthors analyze a wealth of information from teachers, textbooks, and curricular specifications to reveal how cultural context shapes curriculum and instruction and how they in turn affect learning, achievement, and educational opportunity. The authors conclude that reform efforts should be redirected to creating challenging curriculum across all years of schooling for all students.
Written for academics, teachers, school and district administrators, directors of curriculum, educational policy makers, educational researchers, and anyone who cares about the future of our children's education, Why Schools Matter offers clear direction for improving learning in our nation's classrooms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787956844
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Jossey-Bass Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

The Authors.

1. How Does Curriculum Affect Learning?

2. A Model of Curriculum and Learning.

3. Measuring Curriculum and Achievement.

4. The Articulation of Curriculum.

5. Curriculum Variation.

6. The Structure of Curriculum.

7. A First Look at Achievement.

8. Learning and the Structure of Curriculum.

9. Curriculum and Learning Gains Across Countries.

10. Curriculum and Learning Within Countries.

11. Schools Matter.

Appendix A: TIMSS Mathematics and ScienceCurriculum Frameworks.

Appendix B: Relationship Between Content MeasurementCategories for the TIMSS Framework, Teachers,and TIMSS Test.

Appendix C: TIMSS Framework Codes and Number of Itemsfor Each Mathematics and Science Test Subarea.

Appendix D: Supplemental Material Related to the Two-LevelAnalysis of Mathematics Achievement: Chapter Ten.

References.

Index.

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