Solving Problems in Math and Science Education Article by: Rebecca Jones Presented by: Elizabeth Tollefson ELED 415- Dr. Barrett TIMSS -Third International Mathematics and Science Study Interviews, surveys, classroom tapes, and test results Students studied from over 40 countries
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Article by: Rebecca Jones
Presented by: Elizabeth Tollefson
ELED 415- Dr. Barrett
The (U.S.) students’ performance was the inevitable result of “an incoherent, unfocused, repetitive curriculum” that fails to challenge students.
U.S. Research Coordinator for TIMSS
1. Expect more of students
2. Focus on what students should know
3. Put better-prepared teachers in the classroom
4. Insist on better textbooks
5. Make time for math & science
6. Encourage teachers to combine direct instruction with inquiry-based learning
1. Have higher expectations of the quality of your student’s work
2. Demand more in-depth, conceptual knowledge from students
3. Do not focus your curriculum to much on reviewing material
The typical U.S. 8th grade math curriculum covers more than 35 topics, while the Japanese curriculum at the same grade level focuses on just 5 to 10 topics.
( ex.weather patterns & geological features)