Many Visions, Many Aims

Many Visions, Many Aims : A Cross-National Investigation of Curricular Intentions in School Mathematics

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PREFACE The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (lEA) and the gov- ernments of the participating countries, is a comparative study of education in mathematics and the sciences conducted in approximately 50 educational systems on five continents. The goal of TIMSS is to measure student achievement in mathematics and science in participating coun- tries and to assess some of the curricular and classroom factors that influence student learning in these subjects. The study will provide educators and policy makers with an unparalleled and multidimensional perspective on mathematics and science curricula; their implementation; the nature of student performance in mathematics and science; and the social, economic, and edu- cational context in which these occur. TIMSS focuses on student learning and achievement in mathematics and science at three different age levels, or populations. * Population 1 is defined as all students enrolled in the two adjacent grades that contain the largest proportion of 9-year-old students; * Population 2 is defined as all students enrolled in the two adjacent grades that contain the largest proportion of 13-year-old students; and * Population 3 is defined as all students in their final year of secondary education, includ- ing students in vocational education programs. In addition, Population 3 has two "specialist" subpopulations: students taking advanced courses in mathematics (mathematics specialists), and students taking advanced courses in physics (science specialists).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 208.8 x 284 x 16mm | 657.72g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • 22 Illustrations, black and white; X, 276 p. 22 illus.
  • 0792344375
  • 9780792344377

Table of contents

Preface. Characterizing Curriculum: An Overview. 1. Mathematics Curricula: Investigating Curricular Intentions. 2. An Overview of Results. Curricular Organization and Control. 3. Seeking Shared Visions Among the Many. 4. Curriculum Guides: Directing Curriculum by Intention. Reflections of Curriculum. 5. The Intended Flow of Mathematics Curricula. 6. Milestones in Mathematics Curricula. 7. Emphasized Curriculum Topics. 8. Other Aspects of the Curriculum: Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Perspectives. 9. Reexamining Shared Visions: Country Groupings. Consequences of Curriculum: Policy Implications. 10. Concluding Remarks. Appendixes: A: Curriculum, Experience, and Opportunity. B: A Model of Potential Educational Experiences. C: Measuring Curricular Elements: The TIMSS Curriculum Frameworks. 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. K: List of Figures.
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