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The Teaching Gap

Author : James W. Stigler
ISBN : 9781439143131
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A revised edition of a popular resource builds on the authors' findings that key problems in teaching methods are causing America to lag behind international academic standards, outlining a program for administrators, instructors, and parents that incorporates solutions based on current research. Reprint.

The Teaching Gap

Author : James W. Stigler
ISBN : 9781416586388
Genre : Education
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Comparing math teaching practices in Japan and Germany with those in the United States, two leading researchers offer a surprising new view of teaching and a bold action plan for improving education inside the American classroom. For years our schools and children have lagged behind international standards in reading, arithmetic, and most other areas of academic achievement. It is no secret that American schools are in dire need of improvement, and that education has become our nation's number-one priority. But even though almost every state in the country is working to develop higher standards for what students should be learning, along with the means for assessing their progress, the quick-fix solutions implemented so far haven't had a noticeable impact. The problem, as James Stigler and James Hiebert explain, is that most efforts to improve education fail because they simply don't have any impact on the quality of teaching inside classrooms. Teaching, they argue, is cultural. American teachers aren't incompetent, but the methods they use are severely limited, and American teaching has no system in place for getting better. It is teaching, not teachers, that must be changed. In The Teaching Gap, the authors draw on the conclusions of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) -- an innovative new study of teaching in several cultures -- to refocus educational reform efforts. Using videotaped lessons from dozens of randomly selected eighth-grade classrooms in the United States, Japan, and Germany, the authors reveal the rich, yet unfulfilled promise of American teaching and document exactly how other countries have consistently stayed ahead of us in the rate their children learn. Our schools can be restructured as places where teachers can engage in career-long learning and classrooms can become laboratories for developing new, teaching-centered ideas. If provided the time they need during the school day for collaborative lesson study and plan building, teachers will change the way our students learn. James Stigler and James Hiebert have given us nothing less than a "best practices" for teachers -- one that offers proof that how teachers teach is far more important than increased spending, state-of-the-art facilities, mandatory homework, or special education -- and a plan for change that educators, teachers, and parents can implement together.

The Teaching Gap

Author : James W. Stigler
ISBN : OCLC:1036887193
Genre : Comparative education
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Comparing math teaching practices in Japan and Germany with those in the United States, two leading researchers offer a surprising new view of teaching and a bold action plan for improving education inside the American classroom. For years our schools and children have lagged behind international standards in reading, arithmetic, and most other areas of academic achievement. It is no secret that American schools are in dire need of improvement, and that education has become our nation's number-one priority. But even though almost every state in the country is working to develop higher standards for what students should be learning, along with the means for assessing their progress, the quick-fix solutions implemented so far haven't had a noticeable impact. The problem, as James Stigler and James Hiebert explain, is that most efforts to improve education fail because they simply don't have any impact on the quality of teaching inside classrooms. Teaching, they argue, is cultural. American teachers aren't incompetent, but the methods they use are severely limited, and American teaching has no system in place for getting better. It is teaching, not teachers, that must be changed. In The teaching gap, the authors draw on the conclusions of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) -- an innovative new study of teaching in several cultures -- to refocus educational reform efforts. Using videotaped lessons from dozens of randomly selected eighth-grade classrooms in the United States, Japan, and Germany, the authors reveal the rich, yet unfulfilled promise of American teaching and document exactly how other countries have consistently stayed ahead of us in the rate their children learn. Our schools can be restructured as places where teachers can engage in career-long learning and classrooms can become laboratories for developing new, teaching-centered ideas. If provided the time they need during the school day for collaborative lesson study and plan building, teachers will change the way our students learn. James Stigler and James Hiebert have given us nothing less than a "best practices" for teachers -- one that offers proof that how teachers teach is far more important than increased spending, state-of-the-art facilities, mandatory homework, or special education -- and a plan for change that educators, teachers, and parents can implement together.

Learning Gap

Author : Harold Stevenson
ISBN : 9780671880767
Genre : Education
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Compares United States elementary education practices with those in Asia and comes to some surprising conclusions.

Mathematics Classrooms In Twelve Countries

Author : David Clarke
ISBN : 9789077874950
Genre : Education
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This book reports the accounts of researchers investigating the eighth grade mathematics classrooms of teachers in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and the USA. This combination of countries gives good representation to different European and Asian educational traditions, affluent and less affluent school systems, and mono-cultural and multi-cultural societies. Researchers within each local group focused their analyses on those aspects of practice and meaning most closely aligned with the concerns of the local school system and the theoretical orientation of the researchers. Within any particular educational system, the possibilities for experimentation and innovation are limited by more than just methodological and ethical considerations: they are limited by our capacity to conceive possible alternatives. They are also limited by our assumptions regarding acceptable practice. These assumptions are the result of a long local history of educational practice, in which every development was a response to emergent local need and reflective of changing local values. Well-entrenched practices sublimate this history of development. The Learner's Perspective Study is guided by a belief that we need to learn from each other. The resulting chapters offer deeply situated insights into the practices of mathematics classrooms in twelve countries: an insider's perspective. The Project The Learner's Perspective Study aims to juxtapose the observable practices of the classroom and the meanings attributed to those practices by classroom participants. The LPS research design documents sequences of at least ten lessons, using three video cameras, supplemented by the reconstructive accounts of classroom participants obtained in post-lesson video-stimulated interviews, and by test and questionnaire data, and copies of student written material. In each participating country, data generation focuses on the classrooms of three teachers, identified by the local mathematics education community as competent, and situated in demographically different school communities within the one major city. The large body of complex data supports both the characterisation of practice in the classrooms of competent teachers and the development of theory.

Closing The Teaching Gap

Author : Donald B. Bartalo
ISBN : 9781452217093
Genre : Education
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This book features a clear how-to process for bridging the teaching gap between the kinds of teaching needed for the 21st century and that which is found in most schools.

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Author : Julia John
ISBN : 9783638285896
Genre : Education
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Rezension / Literaturbericht aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Pädagogik - Schulpädagogik, Note: 1, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Institut für Allgemeine Erziehungswissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Unterrichtsqualität im internationalen Vergleich, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: James Stigler und James Hiebert behandeln in ihrem Werk „The teaching gap; Best ideas from the World ́s Teachers for improving Education in the Classroom” sehr eindrücklich das Bildungsproblem in den USA. Internationale Schülerbewertungstests in den neunziger Jahren ergaben, dass amerikanische Schüler im internationalen Vergleich verhältnismäßig schlecht abschnitten. Das Bildungssystem war seitdem unzähligen Reformversuchen ausgesetzt, die jedoch kaum Erfolge zu verzeichnen hatten. 1998 wurden unter der Regierung Bill Clintons Reformversuche diskutiert, die eine Verringerung der Klassengrößen, eine größere Freiheit bei der Schulwahl, bessere Ausstattung der Lehrinstitute sowie Zusatzengagements und eine Umstrukturierung des Schulmanagements beinhalteten. Alle durchgeführten Reformen erreichten aber nicht ihr Ziel, den Lernerfolg der Schüler zu verbessern. Stigler und Hiebert vermuten, dass die Reformversuche deshalb zum Scheitern verurteilt waren, weil sie sich im wesentlichen nur auf äußere Faktoren beschränkten und die Qualität des Lehrens außer acht ließen. Sigler und Hieber berufen sich auf Bruner (1996), wenn sie empfehlen sich mehr auf diesen Faktor zu konzentrieren, da alle weitern Faktoren, die das Lernen der Schüler maßgeblich beeinflussen, wie zum Beispiel der soziale Hintergrund einzelner Schüler sowie die Gemeinderessourcen etc. außerhalb des Einflussbereichs der Institutionen liegen. Die TIMSS-Studie bot daraufhin die Möglichkeit die Bildungssysteme drei führender Wirtschaftsnationen nämlich Japan, Deutschland und USA in einer Videostudie zu untersuchen. Japan lag bei vorherigen Untersuchungen immer an der Spitze, während Deutschland sich bisher kaum an derartigen Vergleichsstudien beteiligt hatte. Besonders gut eignete sich eine Videostudie für diese Art von Untersuchung. Die Forscher interessierte vor allem welche Methoden die Lehrer verwenden, wie gut Reformversuchein den betroffenen Ländern angenommen und umgesetzte werden und welche Unterschiede es zwischen den einzelnen Nationen gibt. Außerdem konzentrierte man sich darauf herauszufinden, was genau im amerikanischen Klassenzimmer geschieht.

The Teacher Gap

Author : Rebecca Allen
ISBN : 9781351745475
Genre : Education
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Teachers are the most important determinant of the quality of schools. We should be doing everything we can to help them get better. In recent years, however, a cocktail of box-ticking demands, ceaseless curriculum reform, disruptive reorganisations and an audit culture that requires teachers to document their every move, have left the profession deskilled and demoralised. Instead of rolling out the red carpet for teachers, we have been pulling it from under their feet. The result is predictable: there is now a cavernous gap between the quantity and quality of teachers we need, and the reality in our schools. In this book, Rebecca Allen and Sam Sims draw on the latest research from economics, psychology and education to explain where the gap came from and how we can close it again. Including interviews with current and former teachers, as well as end-of-chapter practical guidance for schools, The Teacher Gap sets out how we can better recruit, train and retain the next generation of teachers. At the heart of the book is a simple message: we need to give teachers a career worth having.

Closing The Teaching Gap

Author : Donald B. Bartalo
ISBN : 9781452217093
Genre : Education
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This book features a clear how-to process for bridging the teaching gap between the kinds of teaching needed for the 21st century and that which is found in most schools.

The Teacher Wars

Author : Dana Goldstein
ISBN : 9780345803627
Genre : Education
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"A brilliant young scholar's history of 175 years of teaching in America shows that teachers have always borne the brunt of shifting, often impossible expectations. In other nations, public schools are one thread in a quilt that includes free universal child care, health care, and job training. Here, schools are the whole cloth. Today we look around the world at countries like Finland and South Korea, whose students consistently outscore Americans on standardized tests, and wonder what we are doing wrong. Dana Goldstein first asks the often-forgotten question: "How did we get here?" She argues that we must take the historical perspective, understanding the political and cultural baggage that is tied to teaching, if we have any hope of positive change. In her lively, character-driven history of public teaching, Goldstein guides us through American education's many passages, including the feminization of teaching in the 1800s and the fateful growth of unions, and shows that the battles fought over nearly two centuries echo the very dilemmas we cope with today. Goldstein shows that recent innovations like Teach for America, merit pay, and teacher evaluation via student testing are actually as old as public schools themselves. Goldstein argues that long-festering ambivalence about teachers--are they civil servants or academic professionals?--and unrealistic expectations that the schools alone should compensate for poverty's ills have driven the most ambitious people from becoming teachers and sticking with it. In America's past, and in local innovations that promote the professionalization of the teaching corps, Goldstein finds answers to an age-old problem"--

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