Methodological Advances in Cross-National Surveys of by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social

By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Board on Testing and Assessment, Board on International Comparative Studies in Education, Adam Gamoran, Andrew C. Porter

In November 2000, the Board on overseas Comparative reviews in schooling (BICSE) held a symposium to attract at the wealth of expertise amassed over a four--decade interval, to guage development within the caliber of the methodologies utilized in foreign reports, and to spot the main urgent methodological concerns that stay to be solved. on account that 1960, the USA has participated in 15 large--scale cross--national schooling surveys. the main assessed matters were technology and arithmetic via examining comprehension, geography, nonverbal reasoning, literature, French, English as a international language, civic schooling, background, desktops in schooling, basic schooling, and second--language acquisition. The papers ready for this symposium and discussions of these papers make up the quantity, representing the main up--to--date and complete evaluation of methodological strengths and weaknesses of overseas comparative experiences of scholar fulfillment. those papers resolution the subsequent questions: (1) what's the methodological caliber of the newest overseas surveys of scholar success? How authoritative are the implications? (2) Has the methodological caliber of overseas success experiences superior over the last forty years? and (3) What are promising possibilities for destiny improvement?

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Students’ performance against NAEP standards. S. education might be strengthened. S. curriculum puts a premium on breadth of content coverage, whereas curricula in some other countries are much more focused, emphasizing depth over breadth. S. curriculum might result in improved student achievement. S. S. curriculum. This reform may provide an opportunity to test the importance of depth over breadth. The Japanese lesson study is yet another example of an approach to education from another country that might prove useful in the United States.

However, it also represents an accomplishment in and of itself because the increased capacity of those 60 countries undoubtedly will be used not only for international studies of student achievement, but also for within-country education research. Thoughts on the Future The chapters in this volume lead BICSE to conclude that the United States should continue to participate in and encourage the regular conduct of large-scale international studies of student achievement. , video; case studies; surveys of principals, students, and teachers).

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