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  • British Columbia Intergrated Resource Package in Grade 10 to 12 Mathematics This package provides some of the basic information that teachers in British Columbia, Canada require to implement Mathematic applications. It contains prescribed learning outcomes, suggested instructional strategies, suggested assessment strategies, provincially recommended learning resources, and a series of appendices that provide additional information about the curriculum and further support for the teacher. Get More Detail
  • Korea Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) This Korean language website from the Korean Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation provides curriculum resources and professional development materials for ten subject areas, math and science in particular. The Science section of KICE-TLC, for example, features classroom videos-on-demand along with teaching materials, topic books, various science experiment videos-on-demand with print materials, science teaching and learning theories, and so on. Get More Detail
  • EDUNET Educational Resource This Korean and English-language web portal, operated by KERIS (Korea Education & Research Information Service), provides K-12 teachers with instructional materials, classroom management materials, clinical supervision materials, online instructional materials, and public resources. Its features include e-learning, cyber teachers, computer simulations and animations, and teaching modules. Get More Detail
  • Resource Links On Education in Mexico This document provides links to Mexico’s most novel study plans and programs for elementary and secondary education for topics such as: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Singapore's Primary Mathematics Syllabus This Singapore document is a guide for teachers to plan their lessons. It presents the mathematics content to be taught from Primary 1 to Primary 6 and explains the aims, objectives, and framework of the mathematics program in Singapore (in English). Get More Detail
  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education is a two-day meeting organized by Asia Society, the Education Commission of the States and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to explore common challenges and strategies in math, science and technology education. The meeting will convene education leaders from China and the United States and will take place July 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. Get More Detail
  • Singapore Story: A Nation's Effort to Develop Human Resources, The This essay appeared in a U.S. publication about the progress and changes in Singapore's educational system that has contributed to Singapore's topmost position in the TIMSS. It attributes the success of students in Singapore to a centralized system of education, a national curriculum, teacher training, and the government's focus and investment in education. Get More Detail
  • Best Practices in Professional Learning of Science and Mathematics Teachers This final report documents the outcome of the International Seminar on Best Practices in Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning that brought together key educators and teacher trainers of science and mathematics from selected APEC member countries to share/demonstrate their innovative practices in the training of science and mathematics teachers either at pre-service or in-service level, to formulate plans of action for the establishment of networks/ partnerships to exchange best practices, and to propose recommendations for follow-up actions. This seminar was planned in support of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) recommendations and organized by the National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) and the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok from 14 to 18 November 2005. Get More Detail
  • Elementary Mathematics Teacher Specialists in China This paper discusses the training and development of elementary mathematics teacher specialists, the teaching arrangement modes for elementary mathematics specialists, and the communication and interaction among elementary mathematics teacher specialists and teacher specialists across content areas. Get More Detail
  • New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement in Science and Math This site provides information about the the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), New Zealand's new senior secondary school national qualification implemented in all schools in 2002. NCEA covers all curriculum areas including mathematics and science (science, biology, chemistry, physics). The site contains internal assessment resources and support materials. Get More Detail
  • Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation: Evaluation This Korean-language website provides a database of assessment items developed by reserach institutes and other teachers in Korea in areas such as math and science. It includes an item search engine, self -assessments, study skills tests tips on developing review test items and more. Get More Detail
  • The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education is a two-day meeting organized by Asia Society, the Education Commission of the States and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to explore common challenges and strategies in math, science and technology education. The meeting will convene education leaders from China and the United States and will take place July 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. Get More Detail
  • Measuring Up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study (2003) The PISA 2003 included a direct assessment of students' skills, a student questionnaire, and a school questionnaire completed by principals. In Canada, students completed a supplementary questionnaire that gathered information about their school experiences, work activities, and relationships with others; and parents responded to a telephone survey. About 28,000 15-year old students from over 1,000 schools participated. A large sample was drawn so that information could be provided at both national and provincial level. Get More Detail
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  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Framework (Australia) The Curriculum Framework represents a major step in the reform of school curriculum in Western Australia. It is built upon a commitment to the philosophy that learning is continuous and that the essential purpose of schooling is to improve the learning of all students. The Framework establishes learning outcomes expected of all students from kindergarten to year 12, regardless of who they are, where they are from or which school they attend. Rather than being prescriptive, the Curriculum Framework will be used by schools to develop and implement their teaching and learning programs according to the needs and characteristics of their students. Get More Detail
  • The Recent Reform of School Science Curriculum in China A new wave of school curriculum reform spread over China since 2002 with the publication of the new National Curriculum. It changed the foci of school curriculum from knowledge delivery to student development in three dimensions: knowledge and skills, process and methods, and, affective and value. It changed the structure of school curriculum from subject-centered to a more integrated, life-oriented, and selective possibility. It encouraged more enquiry learning and problem solving in order to change student learning from a receptive to an active way. It also encouraged teachers to be more facilitative and interactive in their classroom teaching. It invited educators and teachers to develop new approaches and techniques for assessment to liberate students from the heavy pressure of examination. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • TIMSS Video Highlights The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study aims at describing and comparing eighth-grade mathematics teaching practices among seven countries in order to identify similar or different classroom features. These videos are highlights from four APEC economies Get More Detail
  • Science Curriculum Development Project in Thailand This document outlines a national effort from Thailand to update and improve the national science curriculum. The report describes the former science education curriculum and decribes the revision of the curriculum to emphasize scientific knowledge, inquiry, and attitudes. Get More Detail
  • Japan's Science Literacy Enhancement Initiative This English-language webpage describes recent efforts to improve Science Education and promote public understanding of science and technology in Japan. The webpage describes elements of the Science Literacy Enhancement Initiative as well as activites in museums and other institutions. Get More Detail
  • Project 2061: Science for all Americans This English-language website describes Project 2061, an initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to improve literacy in science and technology. The site links to "Benchmarks for Science Literacy" developed by AAAS serve as voluntary academic standards in science education, as well as tools for assessment and instruction. Get More Detail
  • Japanese Super Science High Schools (SSHs): An Overview This document, written in anticipation of the 3rd APEC Education Ministieral Meeting, provides an overview of the Japan's Super Science High Schools. These high school are designated by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to emphasize science, technology and math education. SSHs undertake research and development of innovative curricula with emphasis on science, technology and mathematics study and effective ways of collaborating with universities and research institutes. Get More Detail
  • Chinese Taipei: Promising Practices in Mathematics and Science Instruction This paper from Chinese Taipei was developed out of the 2004 Summit on Education Reform in the APEC Region. The paper describes practices in Mathematics and Science Instruction the author credits with helping Taiwanese students achieve an excellent standing in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and perform very well in the International Science Olympiads. The success, the authors argues, is hinged upon the professional quality of teachers and the students’ learning activities associated with the curriculum. Get More Detail
  • Thai Gifted Program This promising practice document, written for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, describes Thailand's recent movement towards gifted education for students in math, science and languages. More information about the program is available in Thai at http://www.thaigifted.org/main.html. Get More Detail
  • Science Curriculum Standards for Alberta, Canada This website makes available the Grades 1 to 12 science curriculum for Alberta, Canada. The Science Programs of Study for Elementary, Junior High and Senior High identify what students are expected to learn and be able to do in all grades. In Science students learn about the physical world, ecology, technology and develop an understanding of the many applications of science in daily life. Get More Detail
  • U.S. National Science Education Standards This website provides a link the U.S. voluntary science education standards developed by a number of professional organizations invested in science education. The document contains a range of types of standards including content standards for K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grade ranges. These voluntary standards have been drawn heavily upon as individual States establish their own science standards and assessment systems. Get More Detail
  • Science in the New Zealand Curriculum This document presents New Zealand's expected learning outcomes and achievement objectives for each of eight grade levels. The onjectives are in six different "learning strands. These learning strands include "Making Sense of the Nature of Science and its Relationship to Technology" and "Developing Scientific Skills and Attitudes," as well as Making Sense of the Living World; the Physical World; the Material World; and Planet Earth and Beyond. Get More Detail
  • Western Australia Science Learning Area Statement This document provides the learning outcomes expected of students in science and scope of curriculum teachers are expected to cover in Western Australia. The scope of the curriculum is described at four overlapping phases of development: Early Childhood (typically K-3) ; Middle Childhood (3 to 7); Early Adolescence (7 to 10) ; and Late Adolescence/Early Adulthood (10 to 12). Get More Detail
  • American Competitiveness Initiative President Bush's 2006 education agenda, the American Competitiveness Initiative, aims to strengthen innovation and education in the U.S. by improving mathematics and science education, foreign language studies, and high schools. Get More Detail
  • The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education is a two-day meeting organized by Asia Society, the Education Commission of the States and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to explore common challenges and strategies in math, science and technology education. The meeting will convene education leaders from China and the United States and will take place July 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • The Recent Reform of School Science Curriculum in China A new wave of school curriculum reform spread over China since 2002 with the publication of the new National Curriculum. It changed the foci of school curriculum from knowledge delivery to student development in three dimensions: knowledge and skills, process and methods, and, affective and value. It changed the structure of school curriculum from subject-centered to a more integrated, life-oriented, and selective possibility. It encouraged more enquiry learning and problem solving in order to change student learning from a receptive to an active way. It also encouraged teachers to be more facilitative and interactive in their classroom teaching. It invited educators and teachers to develop new approaches and techniques for assessment to liberate students from the heavy pressure of examination. Get More Detail
  • The Recent Reform of School Science Curriculum in China A new wave of school curriculum reform spread over China since 2002 with the publication of the new National Curriculum. It changed the foci of school curriculum from knowledge delivery to student development in three dimensions: knowledge and skills, process and methods, and, affective and value. Get More Detail
  • New South Wales Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Documents This Australian website provides educational resources for teaching Science and Technology to students grades K-6. It includes the "Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Document," which provides expected learning outcomes for students, as well as "Science and Technology Outcomes and Indicators" and "K-6 Science and Technology in Action - Updates from the Classroom." Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • Singapore's Science Syllabus for Lower Secondary As with the Primary Science Syllabus, the document contains the aims for science education, as well as learning outcomes for a variety of topics, and addresses assessment issues. The syllabus emphasises the need for a balance between the acquisition of science knowledge and process and thinking skills. Get More Detail
  • International Centres for Excellence This site provides information on the key initiative of the Australian Government to establish International Centres of Excellence in Asia Pacific Studies and Diplomacy, Mathematics Education, Sports Science and Administration and Water Resources Management. Get More Detail
  • Questacon Smart Moves This site provides information on an initiative to bring science and technology to students and their communities in regional and rural areas who might not otherwise have access to these resources. Questacon also provides resources to further promote and assist all students with information on science and technology. Get More Detail
  • Indonesian Report on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) This study contains data derived from the 1997 re-administration of the TIMSS instruments in Indonesia. In 1995, the Assessment Center within the National Office for Research and Development took part in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) organised by the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement). Unfortunately, Indonesia was not included in the TIMSS report officially issued at the end of 1996 because of problems associated with sampling design. In 1997, the Assessment Center readministered the TIMSS instruments to Junior Secondary School students in sampled schools. This paper contains the results of this study and their implication for math and science policy and practice in Indonesia. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
  • Data from TIMSS on Science Achievement This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to science achievement and is taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College. Get More Detail
  • Data from TIMSS on Science Curriculum This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to science curriculum and is taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College. Get More Detail
  • Data on Science Teachers and Instruction This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to science teachers and instruction. They are taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College. Get More Detail
  • Highlights From the TIMSS 1999 Video Study of Eighth-Grade Science Teaching The TIMSS 1999 Video Study is a follow-up and expansion of the TIMSS 1995 Video Study. The study is the first attempt to examine eighth-grade science lessons as they are actually delivered to students. The data presented focus on three basic questions: How did the teacher organize the lesson to support students’ opportunities to learn science? How was science represented to students in the lesson? What opportunities did students have to participate in science learning activities? The science lessons videotaped in the five countries display similarities and differences, with each country revealing a general approach to the teaching of science in the eighth grade. Get More Detail
Math & Science » Science » Science » Implementation » Instructional Materials
  • Physics World Physics World is a web site dedicated for physics education in Hong Kong. It provides a web-based resource centre and a newsgroup for secondary school teachers to share resources and experience. This site is in Chinese but provides the option to view it in English. Get More Detail
  • Smithsonian for Teachers, The Serves as a gateway to the Smithsonian's educational resources. Educators can search lesson plans, access on-line resources from the museums' extensive collections and participate in professional development opportunities. Contains particular resources to improve science education and enhance students’ creativity. Get More Detail
  • Hong Kong Bio Web This Hong Kong website provides a channel for teachers and students to access information and resources useful for teaching and learning Biology. Get More Detail
  • Korea Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) This Korean language website from the Korean Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation provides curriculum resources and professional development materials for ten subject areas, math and science in particular. The Science section of KICE-TLC, for example, features classroom videos-on-demand along with teaching materials, topic books, various science experiment videos-on-demand with print materials, science teaching and learning theories, and so on. Get More Detail
  • EDUNET Educational Resource This Korean and English-language web portal, operated by KERIS (Korea Education & Research Information Service), provides K-12 teachers with instructional materials, classroom management materials, clinical supervision materials, online instructional materials, and public resources. Its features include e-learning, cyber teachers, computer simulations and animations, and teaching modules. Get More Detail
  • Resource Links On Education in Mexico This document provides links to Mexico’s most novel study plans and programs for elementary and secondary education for topics such as: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education is a two-day meeting organized by Asia Society, the Education Commission of the States and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to explore common challenges and strategies in math, science and technology education. The meeting will convene education leaders from China and the United States and will take place July 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Framework (Australia) The Curriculum Framework represents a major step in the reform of school curriculum in Western Australia. It is built upon a commitment to the philosophy that learning is continuous and that the essential purpose of schooling is to improve the learning of all students. The Framework establishes learning outcomes expected of all students from kindergarten to year 12, regardless of who they are, where they are from or which school they attend. Rather than being prescriptive, the Curriculum Framework will be used by schools to develop and implement their teaching and learning programs according to the needs and characteristics of their students. Get More Detail
  • The Recent Reform of School Science Curriculum in China A new wave of school curriculum reform spread over China since 2002 with the publication of the new National Curriculum. It changed the foci of school curriculum from knowledge delivery to student development in three dimensions: knowledge and skills, process and methods, and, affective and value. Get More Detail
  • Innovation on Science Curriculum in China In order to better respond to the socioeconomic changes, China has carried out a serious of science education reforms beginning in 2000. This paper highlights: the nature, ideas, objectives and the main contents of the science curriculum; text books for integrated science curriculum used in middle schools; and various teaching patterns by inquiry, activity, cooperation and instruction according to the curriculum objectives, teaching environment and student situation. Get More Detail
  • Best Practices in Professional Learning of Science and Mathematics Teachers This final report documents the outcome of the International Seminar on Best Practices in Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning that brought together key educators and teacher trainers of science and mathematics from selected APEC member countries to share/demonstrate their innovative practices in the training of science and mathematics teachers either at pre-service or in-service level, to formulate plans of action for the establishment of networks/ partnerships to exchange best practices, and to propose recommendations for follow-up actions. This seminar was planned in support of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) recommendations and organized by the National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) and the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok from 14 to 18 November 2005. Get More Detail
  • New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement in Science and Math This site provides information about the the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), New Zealand's new senior secondary school national qualification implemented in all schools in 2002. NCEA covers all curriculum areas including mathematics and science (science, biology, chemistry, physics). The site contains internal assessment resources and support materials. Get More Detail
  • Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation: Evaluation This Korean-language website provides a database of assessment items developed by reserach institutes and other teachers in Korea in areas such as math and science. It includes an item search engine, self -assessments, study skills tests tips on developing review test items and more. Get More Detail
  • The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education is a two-day meeting organized by Asia Society, the Education Commission of the States and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to explore common challenges and strategies in math, science and technology education. The meeting will convene education leaders from China and the United States and will take place July 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. Get More Detail
  • Measuring Up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study (2003) The PISA 2003 included a direct assessment of students' skills, a student questionnaire, and a school questionnaire completed by principals. In Canada, students completed a supplementary questionnaire that gathered information about their school experiences, work activities, and relationships with others; and parents responded to a telephone survey. About 28,000 15-year old students from over 1,000 schools participated. A large sample was drawn so that information could be provided at both national and provincial level. Get More Detail
  • Questacon Smart Moves This site provides information on an initiative to bring science and technology to students and their communities in regional and rural areas who might not otherwise have access to these resources. Questacon also provides resources to further promote and assist all students with information on science and technology. Get More Detail
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  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • NCTM Standards for Mathematics The Mathematics standards developed by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), a nonprofit educational organization, are widely seen as the proxy for U.S. national standards. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Framework (Australia) The Curriculum Framework represents a major step in the reform of school curriculum in Western Australia. It is built upon a commitment to the philosophy that learning is continuous and that the essential purpose of schooling is to improve the learning of all students. The Framework establishes learning outcomes expected of all students from kindergarten to year 12, regardless of who they are, where they are from or which school they attend. Rather than being prescriptive, the Curriculum Framework will be used by schools to develop and implement their teaching and learning programs according to the needs and characteristics of their students. Get More Detail
  • An Overview of the Singapore Mathematics Curriculum Framework and the NCTM Standards This paper briefly describes the Singapore Mathematics Curriculum Framework (SMCF) and the Standards published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in the United States. The overview of the SMCF and the NCTM Standards is considered at the level of the intended, implemented, and attained curriculum. Although two different socio-cultural contexts are involved, the overview is informative about some similarities and differences in their vision of mathematics education. Get More Detail
  • Good Practices in Mathematics Teaching and Teacher Development Since 1992, the Singapore mathematics curriculum has been revised several times to encourage teachers to help pupils develop competencies that are useful for the global, technological economy. This paper provides an overview of what is considered good mathematics teaching. The focus of this paper is on teacher development. How can and to what extent do teachers develop such good practices? Get More Detail
  • Open-ended Approach and Teacher Education During 1970s and 1980s, open-ended approach had emerged as a method to reform mathematics teaching of Japanese classrooms and has been spreading around the world. In the 1990s lesson study, a Japanese style of professional development, become known to other countries. During this time educational reform movement in Thailand has been focusing on reforming of student’ learning processes and calling for innovative teacher education program. This paper describes how in this era open-ended approach when being integrated with lesson study has become an innovative mathematics teaching to improve teacher education in Thailand. Get More Detail
  • Development Of Effective Lesson Plan Through Lesson Study Approach: A Thai Experienc One of the main focuses of educational reform movement in Thailand call for the development of good or effective lesson plan aligned with the new 2001 curriculum. In order to respond to this, the study of the lesson plan development using Lesson Study Approach according to the Education Reform Act has been conducted by the cooperation of the Faculty of Education, Khon Kaen University, Plan Organization of Thailand and the Education Area 5 (Jurisdiction of Supervisory Area 5). The study has the objectives of developing the ability of the leading teachers in Khon Kaen province to develop good lesson plan according to the Education Reform Act 1999 which emphasizes the reform of student’s learning processes (ONEC, 2001, Sintoovongse, 2002). The leading teachers are expected to have the understanding and skills in the development of lesson plans by using the Lesson Study Approach. Get More Detail
  • Reflecting on Good Practices via VTR, based on a VTR of Mr. Tanaka’s lesson ‘How many blocks? The focus of the Tokyo and Thailand meetings are to share ideas on good practices from participants and to structure, develop and review the product using VTR for teacher education and reform movement in Mathematics Education. The Tokyo meeting focuses on developing a format for sharing good practices. This paper proposes the following special format: a) Short summary of the lesson with emphasis on major problems in the lesson, b) Components of the lesson and main events in the class, and, c) Possible issues for discussion and reflection with teachers observing the lesson. Based on this format, good practices may be identified and explained. This procedure strengthens the proposal that the function of the VTR is more than merely the re-production of good practices. Get More Detail
  • On The Enhancement of Creative & Independent Awareness of Primary School Pupils The first Vietnamese class of the secondary school for gifted pupils in mathematics was established 40 years ago, in 1965. Nine years later Vietnam participated in the 16th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Germany, and got 1 Golden, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze prizes. It was rather good debut for the newcomer country in the history of IMO. Over the past 30 years, Vietnam was very proud of the high results at IMO. However, it seems that many of laureates didn’t have high achievement in their university study, and therefore, they would not become scientists in the future as expected. It turned out that during many years the pupils have been trained in the way of “fighting-cock”, which could not promote the creative ability in the next education process. Get More Detail
  • Comparative Study of Mathematics Classrooms – What can be learned from the TIMSS 1999 Video Study The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study aims at describing and comparing eighth-grade mathematics teaching practices among seven countries in order to identify similar or different classroom features. Since East Asian students have consistently performed well in recent international studies of mathematics achievement, this paper intends to analyze the TIMSS Video Study data for the East Asian country of Hong Kong in order to see whether there are classroom practices that can be used to explain students’ high achievement in mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Pursuing Good Practice of Secondary Mathematics Education Starting in 1999 and lasting in 2005, the extending of IMSTEP_JICA Project resulting the piloting activities through Lesson Studies for searching good practice of secondary mathematics teaching in three cluster site West Java, Central Java and East Java. Results of the studies significantly indicated that there are improvements of the practice of secondary mathematics teaching learning processes in term of teaching methodology, teacher competencies, students achievements, alternative evaluation, teaching learning resources and syllabus. The results of the project support the government efforts in improving secondary education by introducing the new curriculum. However, there are still great challenges for both educationists and practitioners to establish good practice of secondary mathematics teaching. One of the proposed solutions is to en-culture lesson studies activities by e.g. learning them from Japan contexts. Get More Detail
  • Mathematics Lessons in Korea: Teaching With Systematic Variation To investigate the features of Korean mathematics lessons, the data from the Learners’ Perspective Study (LPS) was analyzed. A cursory review of the LPS data gives the impression of a very traditional style of teaching, a salient feature of which is the dominance of teacher talk and reticence of students. Instruction seemed to focus more on the content rather than the process of mathematics, with concepts often stated directly using formal mathematical language. Get More Detail
  • Beginning the Study of the Additive Field An innovation project is developing in Chile, the Strategy of Consultantship to the School for the Curricular Implementation in Mathematics, that considers the mathematical activity as the study of problems fields. In this article a first grade class is described and analysed, carried out by a "consulting teacher" from this Strategy who is responsible for the training of other teachers. The training is carried out through the study and application of Didactic Units that are proposals to organize brief learning processes in those the sequence of the proposed tasks generates the evolution of the techniques and knowledge that the students put at stake. Get More Detail
  • In Search Of Good Practice And Innovation In Mathematics Teaching And Learning: A Malaysian perspect This paper begins with a description of good practice of mathematics teaching as perceived by the Malaysian perspective. The sources of discussion include those from the school curriculum, local related research studies and the practicing mathematics teachers. The second part of this paper will focus on a small research project that promotes practices of good mathematics teaching through the Lesson Study model. Issues and challenges that we faced in introducing Lesson Study as an innovative model of teacher professional development will be discussed.A video clip of one of the lesson planned and taught during one of the Lesson Study cycle will also be displayed for further discussion. Get More Detail
  • Helping Students Develop And Extend Their Capacity To Do Purposeful Mathematics Workds The reform curriculum of mathematics at all level from grade 1 to 12 have been tried out in Vietnam. From school year 2006-2007 the new curriculum and textbooks will be implemented in the whole country. The purpose of the reform is to activate the learning mathematics of students. The curriculum tries to lessen the training of basic skills and procedures in mathematics but increases more hands-on activities to help students grasp the mathematics ideas and can apply knowledge in solving real-life problems. The mathematics teachers have learnt the effective teaching strategies by using manipulative materials to teach mathematics in problematic situations. In this article we will present some findings of our research at provincial scale in Hue city of Vietnam. A try-out lesson done by an experienced mathematics teacher will be illustrated. Get More Detail
  • Changes in Primary School Math Classroom Since the New Curriculum Reform Since “Mathematics Curriculum Standards in the Phase of Full-time Compulsory Education (Experimental Manuscript)” (referred to as the Standards) was enacted six years ago, the new math curriculum reform has been carried out all around China. Teachers tried to integrate the ideas and requirements of the Standards into their daily teaching practice, which brought new look to math classroom. The ideas, objectives, contents and suggestions that the Standards involved have increasingly become the focus of attention and the base of research for the mathematics educators and researchers. In light of this context, a series of obvious and profound changes have taken place in the primary school math classroom instruction. Get More Detail
  • Professional Development Through Lesson Study: Progress and Challenges in the U.S. This paper provides a brief history of lesson study in the United States, with a focus on areas of progress and challenge. Four areas of progress are identified: growth of interest among educators; growth of tools and resources; growth of understanding; and emerging evidence of effectiveness. Five challenges are identified: access to rich models of mathematical instruction; premature “expertise;” simplistic research models; limited opportunities for cross-site learning; and inadequate feedback loops linking lesson study to changes in curriculum and policy. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • Innovation on Science Curriculum in China In order to better respond to the socioeconomic changes, China has carried out a serious of science education reforms beginning in 2000. This paper highlights: the nature, ideas, objectives and the main contents of the science curriculum; text books for integrated science curriculum used in middle schools; and various teaching patterns by inquiry, activity, cooperation and instruction according to the curriculum objectives, teaching environment and student situation. Get More Detail
  • Elementary Mathematics Teacher Specialists in China This paper discusses the training and development of elementary mathematics teacher specialists, the teaching arrangement modes for elementary mathematics specialists, and the communication and interaction among elementary mathematics teacher specialists and teacher specialists across content areas. Get More Detail
  • Singapore Subject Syllabuses Detailed syllabi broken down by skills to be learned at the end of every two years (grades 1-10). Includes English language and literature (2001), math (2007), science (2008) and Chinese language and literature (2007, in Chinese). Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Framework (Australia) The Curriculum Framework represents a major step in the reform of school curriculum in Western Australia. It is built upon a commitment to the philosophy that learning is continuous and that the essential purpose of schooling is to improve the learning of all students. The Framework establishes learning outcomes expected of all students from kindergarten to year 12, regardless of who they are, where they are from or which school they attend. Rather than being prescriptive, the Curriculum Framework will be used by schools to develop and implement their teaching and learning programs according to the needs and characteristics of their students. Get More Detail
  • Innovation of Mathematics Teaching With ICT Geometric Constructor is one of the dynamic geometry softwares used in Japan. There are three versions (DOS, Windows, Java), some web applications using GC/Java. One of the features of Geometric Constructor is the existence of powerful users. By the collaboration with teachers, this software has been able to be developed. One of the core of collaboration is lesson study. Three lessons are described in this paper. The whole-class discussion is suitable to the lesson with Geometric Constructor. Get More Detail
  • Developing Good Mathematics Teaching Practice Through Lesson Study: A U.S. Perspective Although there is no consensus on what constitutes good mathematics teaching practice in the United States, a recent document published by the National Research Council (NRC) offers a vision that might be acceptable to the various stake holders. The NRC document considers teaching as an “interaction among teachers and students around content.” Lesson study may play a significant role in developing and spreading good mathematics teaching practices that are in alignment with the vision presented in the NRC document. In this paper (and accompanying video of a lesson), we will discuss some specific features of good teaching practices and how lesson study may contribute to the development of such practices. We will conclude the paper with a brief discussion of future research that may be fruitful. Get More Detail
  • Good Mathematics Teaching Practices - In the Making: A Philippine Experience This paper discusses how an eighth grade mathematics teacher engaged his students in hands-on activities, made them work on tasks in small groups, encouraged them to solve problems in different ways, and seized their mistakes as learning opportunities. Although the way he carried out these teaching practices still requires much improvement, these enabled the students to make sense of mathematics by discovering mathematical relationships on their own, communicating their ideas and reasoning logically, exploring various ways of solving problems, and regarding making mistakes as part of learning. These experiences put the students as the most important factor in the teaching-learning process. Such is a big departure from the traditional classroom scenario where the teacher is the source of all learning. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • What the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World-Class Mathematics System This exploratory study compares key features of the Singapore and U.S. mathematics systems in the primary grades, when students need to build a strong mathematics foundation. It identifies major differences between the mathematics frameworks, textbooks, assessments, and teachers in Singapore and the United States. It also presents initial results from four pilot sites that introduced the Singapore mathematics textbook in place of their regular textbooks. Get More Detail
  • What is Mathematical Thinking and Why is it Important? Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Designing Mathematics Conjecturing Activities to Foster Thinking and Constructing Actively Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Encouraging Mathematical Thinking that has Both Power and Simplicity Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking in Singapore Elementary Schools Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Promoting Mathematical Thinking in the Malaysian Classroom: Issues and Challenges Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking and How to Teach It Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Reasoning Through Argumentation Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking in Brunei Curriculum: Implementation Issues and Challenges Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Lesson Study: Promoting Student Thinking on the Concept of Least Common Multiple (LCM) Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking in Classroom Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Perspectives on Mathematical Thinking in Korea Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Student’s Mathematical Thinking through Lesson Study in Thailand Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking through Problem-Based Lessons Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking in Primary School and Junior High School Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Some Remarks on Mathematical Thinking in Education Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Development of Mathematical Thinking in Hong Kong Schools Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mexican Perspective on Mathematical Thinking Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking like Angular Stone in the Understanding of Real World Phenomena Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Using Lesson Study to Implement More Effective Lessons: Focusing on Mathematical Thinking Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Bibliography on Chinese research in mathematics education This bibliography focuses on publications in English that are either by Chinese researchers or about China, and that report on school mathematics education at either elementary and secondary levels (covering mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but particularly selecting those publications about mainland China). The bibliography is in four sections: 1. The Development of School Mathematics Education in China 2. Class Teaching and Learning 3. International Comparative Studies in Mathematics Education 4. Mathematics Education and Technology The bibliography was generated through a systematic search of the literature. Get More Detail
  • TIMSS Video Highlights The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study aims at describing and comparing eighth-grade mathematics teaching practices among seven countries in order to identify similar or different classroom features. These videos are highlights from four APEC economies Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking In Classroom As part of EDNET’S “Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” Project, this paper highlights Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Classroom for Lesson Study in Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Reasoning Through Description: As part of EDNET’S “Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” Project, this paper highlights Developing Mathematical Reasoning Through Argumentation for Lesson Study in Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking and How to Teach It As part of EDNET’S “Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” Project, this paper highlights Mathematical Thinking and How to Teach It for Lesson Study in Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Perspectives on Mathematical Thinking in Korea As part of EDNET’S “Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” Project, this paper highlights Perspectives on Mathematical Thinking in Korea for Lesson Study in Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Some Remarks on Mathematical Thinking in Education As part of EDNET’S “Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” Project, this paper highlights Some Remarks on Mathematical Thinking in Education for Lesson Study in Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Mexican Perspective on Mathematical Thinking As part of EDNET’S “Collaborative Study on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures among the APEC Member Economies” Project, this paper highlights Mexican Perspective on Mathematical Thinking for Lesson Study in Mathematics. Get More Detail
  • Singapore Subject Syllabuses Detailed syllabi broken down by skills to be learned at the end of every two years (grades 1-10). Includes English language and literature (2001), math (2007), science (2008) and Chinese language and literature (2007, in Chinese). Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • Best Practices in Professional Learning of Science and Mathematics Teachers This final report documents the outcome of the International Seminar on Best Practices in Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning that brought together key educators and teacher trainers of science and mathematics from selected APEC member countries to share/demonstrate their innovative practices in the training of science and mathematics teachers either at pre-service or in-service level, to formulate plans of action for the establishment of networks/ partnerships to exchange best practices, and to propose recommendations for follow-up actions. This seminar was planned in support of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) recommendations and organized by the National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) and the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok from 14 to 18 November 2005. Get More Detail
  • What the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World-Class Mathematics System This exploratory study compares key features of the Singapore and U.S. mathematics systems in the primary grades, when students need to build a strong mathematics foundation. It identifies major differences between the mathematics frameworks, textbooks, assessments, and teachers in Singapore and the United States. It also presents initial results from four pilot sites that introduced the Singapore mathematics textbook in place of their regular textbooks. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • Measuring Up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study (2003) The PISA 2003 included a direct assessment of students' skills, a student questionnaire, and a school questionnaire completed by principals. In Canada, students completed a supplementary questionnaire that gathered information about their school experiences, work activities, and relationships with others; and parents responded to a telephone survey. About 28,000 15-year old students from over 1,000 schools participated. A large sample was drawn so that information could be provided at both national and provincial level. Get More Detail
  • Maryland Singapore Math Pilot Evaluation Report The document reports findings the Singapore math experiment in Maryland's elementary schools. Four elementary schools introduced the Singapore Math program and after two years, the report suggests that the Singapore Math program resulted in significantly better math achievements than the control group. The report also makes a number of recommendations. Get More Detail
  • A Review of China’s Elementary Mathematics This paper provides an introduction and analysis of the undergoing curriculum reform in China’s elementary mathematics education. To compare with the past, the history of China’s elementary mathematics education is first briefly reviewed. Then, the content and characteristics of the newly issued curriculum standards are explained and analyzed in details. The curriculum reform is expected to bring a promising future to China’s elementary mathematics education. China's mathematics education has its own unique history, cultural context and national characteristics. Studying the past, present and future of China’s mathematics education, especially for elementary classes, we can learn from the past’s successes and mistakes, find solutions to existing problems, and prepare for the future. Get More Detail
  • An Overview of the Singapore Mathematics Curriculum Framework and the NCTM Standards This paper briefly describes the Singapore Mathematics Curriculum Framework (SMCF) and the Standards published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in the United States. The overview of the SMCF and the NCTM Standards is considered at the level of the intended, implemented, and attained curriculum. Although two different socio-cultural contexts are involved, the overview is informative about some similarities and differences in their vision of mathematics education. Get More Detail
  • Problem Solving in the PISA and TIMSS 2003 Assessments In 2003, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) included a special focus on problem-solving. This report reviews the problem-solving aspects of each study in order to compare and contrast the nature of problem solving in each assessment. Get More Detail
  • Highlights From the TIMSS 1999 Video Study of Eighth-Grade Science Teaching The TIMSS 1999 Video Study is a follow-up and expansion of the TIMSS 1995 Video Study. The study is the first attempt to examine eighth-grade science lessons as they are actually delivered to students. The data presented focus on three basic questions: How did the teacher organize the lesson to support students’ opportunities to learn science? How was science represented to students in the lesson? What opportunities did students have to participate in science learning activities? The science lessons videotaped in the five countries display similarities and differences, with each country revealing a general approach to the teaching of science in the eighth grade. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
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In 2004, Education Ministers from around APEC met to initiate cooperation to improve students' "Skills for the Coming Challenges." To successfully participate in the global economy in the 21st Century, educators must improve language instruction; stimulate learning in Math and Science; make good use of information technology in education; and implement transparent, effective governance practices.

In January 2004, EDNET held a special Summit on Education Reform in preparation for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial. To support the APEC Education Ministers' vision, the Web Portal and Knowledge Bank feature these four topics:

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  • Merit Workshop Model A mathematics workshop model to help U.S. minority students excel at college math. The model emphasizes collaborative learning and the use of small-group teaching methods. Get More Detail
  • Adding It Up Presents results of a National Research Council study of what U.S. students know and how they acquire mathematics knowledge in grades K-8. Recommendations are provided for instruction. Get More Detail
  • Evaluation of the Advanced Numeracy Project 2002, An This report describes the impact of the New Zealand Ministry of Education's Numeracy Project on approximately 54,000 students and 2,000 teachers from eight regions. The report identifies changes in student achievement. as well as teacher knowledge and practice that can be attributed to the professional development made available by the project. Get More Detail
  • Evaluation of the Early Numeracy Project 2002, An This New Zealand report describes the impact of the Early Numeracy Project. The Numeracy Development Project sits within the context of the Ministry of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy strategy. Three themes underpin that strategy: clarifying expectations, improving professional capability and involving the community. The quantitative data collected on over 200,000 students’ number strategies and knowledge as part of the Numeracy Project since 2000 provides a rich source of evidence with which to clarify expectations of student achievement. Get More Detail
  • Indonesian Report on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) This study contains data derived from the 1997 re-administration of the TIMSS instruments in Indonesia. In 1995, the Assessment Center within the National Office for Research and Development took part in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) organised by the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement). Unfortunately, Indonesia was not included in the TIMSS report officially issued at the end of 1996 because of problems associated with sampling design. In 1997, the Assessment Center readministered the TIMSS instruments to Junior Secondary School students in sampled schools. This paper contains the results of this study and their implication for math and science policy and practice in Indonesia. Get More Detail
  • Factors Contributing to East Asian Students’ High Achievement: Focusing on East Asian Teachers ... This draft research paper was prepared by a researcher from a Korean University, Dr. Kyungmee Park, for the APEC Summit on Education Reform. The paper reviews factors contributing to East Asian students’ high achievements in mathematics and science. The paper focuses on the factor of East Asian teachers and their classroom teaching, using data from the recently published TIMSS 1999 Video Study and a small-scale comparative study in Hong Kong and Korea as examples. Get More Detail
  • New Zealand Numeracy Development Project This paper, written in preparation for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, provides an overview of New Zealand's Numeracy Development project. The project emphasizes the importance of clarifying expectations, improving professional capacity and community involvement in increasing student achievement. Get More Detail
  • Scientifically Based Research in Mathematics This webpage links to information about the United States' Mathematics and Science Partnership program and scientifically based research in math and science. The information comes from presentations made at a Student Achievement and School Accountability Conference. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
  • Improving Student Learning in Grades K-9 Mathematics This report from Alberta Canada provides a summary and recommendations related to a study into concerns about the level of achievement in mathematics in the elementary and junior high grades in Alberta. The recommendations for the Improvement in Student Achievement in Grades K-9 Mathematics project included: the development of a comprehensive model for curriculum implementation, ongoing professional development for teachers and administrators, improved assessment of students and better opportunities for teacher training and upgrading. The Executive Summary and Full Report are available for download from the site. Get More Detail
  • Teaching Practices Project, The This research project was commissioned by Alberta Education (Learning) in Canada to describe, analyze and interpret the teaching practices in schools whose students have a history of performing well on the grade 9 provincial achievement test in mathematics. Get More Detail
  • SAIP Science III (2004) The SAIP Science III Assessment was administered in the spring of 2004 in selected provincial and territorial schools. Overall, a random sample of approximately 25,000 students from about 2,500 schools wrote the assessment in either English or French. Get More Detail
  • Data from TIMSS on Mathematics Curriculum This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to mathematics curriculum and is taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College (in English). Get More Detail
  • Data from TIMSS on Teachers and Instruction This U.S. document is a compilation of excerpts, presented in a spreadsheet, that relate to mathematic teachers and instruction. They are taken from the 1999 Third International Mathematics and Science Study prepared by Boston College (in English). Get More Detail
  • Maryland Singapore Math Pilot Evaluation Report The document reports findings the Singapore math experiment in Maryland's elementary schools. Four elementary schools introduced the Singapore Math program and after two years, the report suggests that the Singapore Math program resulted in significantly better math achievements than the control group. The report also makes a number of recommendations. Get More Detail
  • A Review of China’s Elementary Mathematics This paper provides an introduction and analysis of the undergoing curriculum reform in China’s elementary mathematics education. To compare with the past, the history of China’s elementary mathematics education is first briefly reviewed. Then, the content and characteristics of the newly issued curriculum standards are explained and analyzed in details. The curriculum reform is expected to bring a promising future to China’s elementary mathematics education. China's mathematics education has its own unique history, cultural context and national characteristics. Studying the past, present and future of China’s mathematics education, especially for elementary classes, we can learn from the past’s successes and mistakes, find solutions to existing problems, and prepare for the future. Get More Detail
  • TIMSS 1999 Benchmarking--Executive Summary This U.S. document gives an overview of the results for the Benchmarking Study in Mathematics that compared achievement across countries, as well as across states and school districts in the United States. The report presents major findings of the study and shows the extreme variation in mathematics achievement among school districts (in English). Get More Detail
  • Bibliography on Chinese research in mathematics education This bibliography focuses on publications in English that are either by Chinese researchers or about China, and that report on school mathematics education at either elementary and secondary levels (covering mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but particularly selecting those publications about mainland China). The bibliography is in four sections: 1. The Development of School Mathematics Education in China 2. Class Teaching and Learning 3. International Comparative Studies in Mathematics Education 4. Mathematics Education and Technology The bibliography was generated through a systematic search of the literature. Get More Detail
  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Framework (Australia) The Curriculum Framework represents a major step in the reform of school curriculum in Western Australia. It is built upon a commitment to the philosophy that learning is continuous and that the essential purpose of schooling is to improve the learning of all students. The Framework establishes learning outcomes expected of all students from kindergarten to year 12, regardless of who they are, where they are from or which school they attend. Rather than being prescriptive, the Curriculum Framework will be used by schools to develop and implement their teaching and learning programs according to the needs and characteristics of their students. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • What the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World-Class Mathematics System This exploratory study compares key features of the Singapore and U.S. mathematics systems in the primary grades, when students need to build a strong mathematics foundation. It identifies major differences between the mathematics frameworks, textbooks, assessments, and teachers in Singapore and the United States. It also presents initial results from four pilot sites that introduced the Singapore mathematics textbook in place of their regular textbooks. Get More Detail
  • What is Mathematical Thinking and Why is it Important? Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Designing Mathematics Conjecturing Activities to Foster Thinking and Constructing Actively Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Encouraging Mathematical Thinking that has Both Power and Simplicity Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking in Singapore Elementary Schools Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Promoting Mathematical Thinking in the Malaysian Classroom: Issues and Challenges Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking and How to Teach It Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Reasoning Through Argumentation Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking in Brunei Curriculum: Implementation Issues and Challenges Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Lesson Study: Promoting Student Thinking on the Concept of Least Common Multiple (LCM) Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking in Classroom Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Perspectives on Mathematical Thinking in Korea Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Student’s Mathematical Thinking through Lesson Study in Thailand Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking through Problem-Based Lessons Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking in Primary School and Junior High School Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Some Remarks on Mathematical Thinking in Education Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Development of Mathematical Thinking in Hong Kong Schools Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mexican Perspective on Mathematical Thinking Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Mathematical Thinking like Angular Stone in the Understanding of Real World Phenomena Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Using Lesson Study to Implement More Effective Lessons: Focusing on Mathematical Thinking Presentation at the "Collaborative Studies on Innovations for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Different Cultures (II) - Lesson Study focusing on Mathematical Thinking -" conference. This project aims to collaboratively develop innovations on teaching and learning math in different cultures of the APEC member economies and develop collaborative framework involving math education among the APEC member economies. Get More Detail
  • Bibliography on Chinese research in mathematics education This bibliography focuses on publications in English that are either by Chinese researchers or about China, and that report on school mathematics education at either elementary and secondary levels (covering mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but particularly selecting those publications about mainland China). The bibliography is in four sections: 1. The Development of School Mathematics Education in China 2. Class Teaching and Learning 3. International Comparative Studies in Mathematics Education 4. Mathematics Education and Technology The bibliography was generated through a systematic search of the literature. Get More Detail
  • TIMSS Video Highlights The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study aims at describing and comparing eighth-grade mathematics teaching practices among seven countries in order to identify similar or different classroom features. These videos are highlights from four APEC economies Get More Detail
  • U.S. Department of Education Mathematics and Science Initiative Describes a new U.S. National Mathematics and Science Initiative to achieve three interdependent goals:1) engage the public in recognizing the need for better mathematics and science education for every child in our nation's schools; 2) initiate a campaign to recruit, prepare, train, and retain teachers with strong backgrounds in mathematics and science; and 3) develop an academic research base to improve our knowledge of what boosts student learning in mathematics and science. Get More Detail
  • Early Math Strategy: Report of the Expert Panel on Early Math in Ontario, 2003 The goal of Ontario’s Early Math Strategy is to raise the level of student achievement as measured by the Grade 3 and 6 province-wide math assessment. This report was prepared by the Early Math Expert Panel, made up of educators and researchers. Panel members compiled research and discussed best practice in the area of early mathematics education. This report summarizes the results of the panel meeting and the recommendations made by the panel. Get More Detail
  • Chinese Taipei: Promising Practices in Mathematics and Science Instruction This paper from Chinese Taipei was developed out of the 2004 Summit on Education Reform in the APEC Region. The paper describes practices in Mathematics and Science Instruction the author credits with helping Taiwanese students achieve an excellent standing in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and perform very well in the International Science Olympiads. The success, the authors argues, is hinged upon the professional quality of teachers and the students’ learning activities associated with the curriculum. Get More Detail
  • Thai Gifted Program This promising practice document, written for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, describes Thailand's recent movement towards gifted education for students in math, science and languages. More information about the program is available in Thai at http://www.thaigifted.org/main.html. Get More Detail
  • Mathematics Curriculum Standards for Alberta, Canada This website provides access to Alberta Canada's Grades 1 to 12 mathematics curriculum. The Mathematics Programs of Study for Elementary, Junior High and Senior High identify what students are expected to learn and be able to do in all grades. Mathematics is a common human activity, increasing in importance in a rapidly advancing, technological society and a greater proficiency in using mathematics increases the opportunities available to individuals. Get More Detail
  • Pennsylvania's Academic Standards for Mathematics This document from Pennsylvania describes what students in this U.S. State should know and be able to do at four grade levels (third, fifth, eighth and eleventh) in mathematics. The standards reflect the increasing complexity and sophistication that students are expected to achieve as they progress through school. Get More Detail
  • Singapore's Lower Secondary Mathematics Syllabus This document from the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of the Singaporean Ministry of Education provides a revised mathematics curriculum and set of student standards in light of increased globalization. The revision reflects Singapore's belief in students' new need to be proficient in the use of IT, think creatively, learn independently and work successfully in teams. Get More Detail
  • Mathematics in the NZ Curriculum This report from New Zealand outlines three major directions in the mathematics curriculum. It gives specifies clear learning goals expressed as achievement objectives at eight levels through all of the years of schooling; it highlights diagnostic and formative assessment;and it stresses the need for mathematics to be taught and learned within the context of problems which are meaningful and can be applied in the world beyond school. Get More Detail
  • California Math Standards This document outlines math standards from a U.S. State that reflect a relatively traditional approach to developing computational skills and understanding mathematical proofs. Links to other content standards from California are also available on the State's Department of Education website. Get More Detail
  • American Competitiveness Initiative President Bush's 2006 education agenda, the American Competitiveness Initiative, aims to strengthen innovation and education in the U.S. by improving mathematics and science education, foreign language studies, and high schools. Get More Detail
  • NCTM Standards for Mathematics The Mathematics standards developed by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), a nonprofit educational organization, are widely seen as the proxy for U.S. national standards. Get More Detail
  • The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education The U.S.-China Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education is a two-day meeting organized by Asia Society, the Education Commission of the States and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to explore common challenges and strategies in math, science and technology education. The meeting will convene education leaders from China and the United States and will take place July 10-12 in Denver, Colorado. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • Literacy and Numeracy The Australian Government considers that literacy and numeracy are the cornerstones of all learning and that it is crucial for children to develop these foundation skills at the earliest possible time in their school years. This site provides links to useful information on the Australia's policies and programmes to improve literacy and numeracy. Get More Detail
  • Ontario Mathematics Grades 1-8 Curriculum This document provides a rigorous and challenging curriculum for students of Ontario in Math in Grade 1 to Grade 8. The required knowledge and skills for each grade set high standards and identify what parents and the public can expect children to learn in the schools of Ontario. Get More Detail
  • International Centres for Excellence This site provides information on the key initiative of the Australian Government to establish International Centres of Excellence in Asia Pacific Studies and Diplomacy, Mathematics Education, Sports Science and Administration and Water Resources Management. Get More Detail

Using Technology

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Using Technology » Policy, Planning & Standards
  • Web-based Education Commission Home Page The web site of a U.S. Congressional commission developed to study and research policies relating to web-based learning in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools. Includes the Commission's Report - The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice. Get More Detail
  • National Educational Technology Standards Project The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project is developing standards to guide educational leaders in recognizing and addressing the essential conditions for effective use of technology to support Pre K-12 education in the United States. Get More Detail
  • Basic Education Curriculum Guide-Building on Strengths (Primary 1-Secondary 3) The Basic Education Curriculum Guide from Hong Kong aims to help school heads and teachers reflect upon the strengths of their schools with reference to the main recommendations made in the Curriculum Development Council's (CDC) Report on "Learning to Learn - The Way Forward in Curriculum Development" (CDC, 2001), and then to decide how best to bring about the curriculum reform in the context of the school to achieve the aims of education and the overall aims of the school curriculum. Get More Detail
  • Challenge of eLearning on K-12 in Taiwan, The The paper summarizes the current reform status in K-12 schools in Taiwan. Two of the most significant projects that are associated with eLearning are introduced in the context of educational reform efforts discussing their pros and cons. The focus of the paper is on elaborating the challenges ahead in eLearning in the field of K-12 schools. The challenges consist of pedagogy shift, design of eLearning environments, production of eLearning content, evaluation issues, and roles changes in teachers, students, and parents respectively. Get More Detail
  • LeadSpace The LeadSpace site was created by the New Zealand Ministry of Education for principals and school leaders to find web accessible resources relating to management and professional development. In addition school leads use this site to reach the Ministry's e-Admin and e-Net areas - password protected areas to discuss policy and access Ministry applications. e-Net Get More Detail
  • Overview of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education This brief piece provides an overview of the role of the U.S. Department of Education in supporting the use of educational technology in schools in America. The paper describes how technology is incorporated in No Child Left Behind to support students, teachers, and administrators, as well as to evaluate the value of educational technology. Get More Detail
  • Learning in an Online World: A Schools Education Action Plan for the Information Economy This document from Australia outlines the role of school leaders in implementing the national framework for changes in education technology. The document includes strategies that school leaders can implement to support the goals of reform in education technology. The Schools action plan is currently under review for 2003-06, with particular priority to be placed on the provision of high-speed bandwidth access and services to schools, covering urban, rural and remote Australia. Get More Detail
  • Australian Flexible Learning (AFL) for the Information Economy This website provides information and resources about the Australian Flexible Learning (AFL) Framework, one of the strategies implemented to support Vocational Education and Training. The AFL Framework Mission is: ‘to help our industries and citizens make a rapid and successful transition to the Information Economy by adding value to Australia’s VET system of flexible learning’. Get More Detail
  • e-Japan Strategy This English-language document provides the first e-Japan Strategy which was formulated in 2001 to serve as Japan's basic IT strategy, including for schools. Nurturing ICT personnel and promotion of ICT learning were positioned as fundamental pillars under these strategies. In 2003, e-Japan Strategy II was released and an e-Japan Priority Plan is formulated annually as a concrete action plan. Get More Detail
  • e-Japan Priority Policy Program (Summary) Index This slide from the Japan's IT Strategy Council describes the goals established for using IT to promote education and develop human resources. Specific goals have been established for elementary and secondary schools to be met by 2005, including a constant high-speed internet connection in all public schools and reaching a rate of 5.4 children per computer in every classroom. Get More Detail
  • APEC Links Links to Ministry of Education technology plans, reports on educational technology implementation projects, and research and evaluation from around APEC Get More Detail
  • 2003: Adapting Education to the Information Age - A White Paper This English-language white paper, the fifth annual report, provides a comprehensive view of the rapid growth of technology, and supporting policies and projects in education in Korea. These activities set forth in Adapting ICT into Education Master Plan II 2001~2005 include reforms in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and lifelong education. Get More Detail
  • ICT for Direct Instruction and In-Service Training This English language report provides a framework and scenarios for in-service training of teachers and administrators in Thailand, especially at the secondary education level. This report provides also lays out a comprehensive design for in-service training and direct instruction through satellite delivery, local support for ICT direct instruction, and regional support for the local level. Get More Detail
  • Mexico Education Progress Report 2001-2003 This Spanish language document points to a reports that details the educational progress made in the first three years of the present administration as a result of the effort between the central, state and municipal governments, with the participation of different sectors from society. Get More Detail
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum -- Alberta, CA This site provides access to Alberta Canada's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum. The Curriculum is intended to provide students with a broad perspective on the nature of technology, how to use and apply a variety of technologies, and the impact of information and communication technologies on themselves and on society. The ICT curriculum is not intended to stand alone, but rather to be infused within core courses and programs. The site also links to Illustrative Examples, a Classroom Assessment Tool Kit, and Sample Scope and Sequence Resources among other professional resources. Get More Detail
  • Information Technology in Education – Way Forward This English-language document reviews the achievements Hong Kong China's Education ICT plan - “Information Technology for Learning in a New Era: Five-year Strategy – 1998/99 to 2002/03.” The document proposes a vision in educational technology in the coming year and proposes the way forward. Available in Chinese as well. Get More Detail
  • E-Japan Priority Plan-2003 This document provides an overview of Japan's Priority Plan outlining various policies for the application of ICT in education. The Plan emphasizes the cultivation of human resources and the promotion of education and learning. Get More Detail
  • ICT for Direct Instruction and In-Service Training This report responded to a request for technical assistance in several areas of education technology in Thailand. The report reviewed current models of ICT education; the capacity of regional centers to provide distance training for teachers; proposed ICT support for teachers and students; monitoring of ICT effectiveness; support for rural schools; and associated costs. Get More Detail
  • U.nited States National Education Technology Plan This Web site hosts information about the United States Department of Education' s recently released National Education Technology Plan and the seven key steps it outlines: strengthening leadership, innovative budgeting, teacher training, supporting e-learning, encouraging broad band access, moving towards digital content, and integrating data systems. The site contains the plan as well as student comments, examples of successful schools, and suggested next steps. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • 1st APEC Future Education Forum This Forum convened in BEXCO, Busan, Korea on September 9 to 11 and brought together around 460 prominent scholars, experts, education administrators, and teachers from member ecomomies to discuss and investigate Future Society and States of Education--dealing with philosophy, vision, and practical strategies to operate ICT Model School Network--developing critieria for ideal future education model. Get More Detail
  • 2002: Adapting Education to the Information Age A White Paper on the challenges of developing human resources in a knowledge-based society. The White Paper summarizes the current and domestic situation in Korea regarding ICT use in education. It includes current statistics and describes the current situation, current tasks, future vision and further steps of ICT use in education; from elementary and secondary education through continuing education. Get More Detail
  • New South Wales Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Documents This Australian website provides educational resources for teaching Science and Technology to students grades K-6. It includes the "Science and Technology Syllabus and Support Document," which provides expected learning outcomes for students, as well as "Science and Technology Outcomes and Indicators" and "K-6 Science and Technology in Action - Updates from the Classroom." Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • Symposium on APEC Symposium on Open Source and Open Course for E-Learning This entry summarizes the APEC Education Network symposium that took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam in 2006. It describes E-learning approaches to facilitate and enhance learning by means of personal computers, CDROMs, and the Internet. Open Source software can be freely adapted by any organisation or individual to explore a new idea about learning or technology, or to change the behaviours of software to address their own learners' particular needs. Get More Detail

Language Instruction

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Language Instruction » Foreign Language Learning » General Resources
  • English Language and other Foreign Language This power point presentation provides a dynamic overview of the policy paper on English and foreign language instruction presented to APEC's Education Ministers at the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting. The presentation reviews emerging research trends, current reform efforts, and recommended action steps to cooperatively improve language instruction in the region. Get More Detail
  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • Policy Paper on Teaching of English and Other Foreign Languages - 3rd AEMM This policy paper, written in preparation for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, outliens major recommendations to improve language instruction, particularly English instruction, in the APEC region. The paper reviews major policy and research trends in the area, presents examples of practice from the region, and provides recommendations for further research and cooperative activities. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • APEC Business English APEC Business English program. To install the program first download the setup.exe file (630MB). Then run the setup.exe file to install the program on your computer. Get More Detail
  • Language and Languages This website provides access to documents outlining language policy in New Zealand, including documents on 'English in the New Zealand Curriculum' and guidelines for teaching in multiple native languages and cultures. For example, the site contains, 'Te Reo Maori i roto i Te Marautanga o Aotearoa,' a statement providing the Ministry's expectations for students' achievement in English (written in the Maori medium) from year 1 to year 13. Get More Detail
  • English Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand in this Decade This English-language report coming out of the 2004 Summit on Education Reform outlines recent developments in English language teaching and learning in Thailand. The paper first focuses on the role of English and problems of English language teaching in Thailand. It describes education reform related to English language teaching and describes what has been planned or already done to improve Thailand's English language teaching and learning situation. Get More Detail
  • Thailand's English Language Development Center This promising practice document describes Thailand's English Language Development Center, established under the Office of the Higher Education Commission as part of a government strategy to help Thailand to reach its potential and sustain development. Get More Detail
  • Thai Gifted Program This promising practice document, written for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, describes Thailand's recent movement towards gifted education for students in math, science and languages. More information about the program is available in Thai at http://www.thaigifted.org/main.html. Get More Detail
  • Teaching Language for National Security and American Competitiveness American students must master critical need foreign language skills for our nation to remain competitive and continue the progress in securing our nation. Together with the Departments of State and Defense and the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Education is proposing to establish grants and train teachers under President Bush's National Security Language Initiative. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • Improving English Language Outcomes for Students Receiving ESOL Services in New Zealand Schools This research from New Zealand was commissioned to inform the Ministry's review of the current ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) strategy. The report details the outcome of a review of the literature identifying good practice for teaching and learning in the compulsory school sector for Non-English Speaking Background Students (NESB) , particularly for new immigrants, and describes the results from an investigation of the ways in which schools provide for and meet the language needs of their NESB students Get More Detail
  • Foreign Language Policies, Research, and Educational Possibilities: A Western Perspective This draft paper was prepared by a Canadian based researcher, Dr. Patricia Duff, for the APEC Summit on Education Reform. The paper highlights current issues in foreign language learning policy, research, and instructional practice, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The author reflects on the importance of cross-program articulation, assessment, teacher education in both foreign language proficiency and appropriate teaching methods and materials; consideration for the timing, duration, intensity and content of teaching; the effective use of technology and other media; and the need to pay attention to the skill areas most needed by students for their ultimate foreign language purposes. Get More Detail
  • Effective Language Education Practices: Policy, Research, and Pedagogy This presentation on foreign language was provided by Dr. Patricia Duff at the International Seminar held in conjunction with the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting. The presentation covered language education policy and current standards, reviewed research on age of foreign language acquisition, and current foreign language teaching methods in a historical context. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
Language Instruction » Foreign Language Learning » Implementation » Instructional Materials
  • ESOL On-Line (English for Speakers of Other Languages) ESOL online is produced for the New Zealand Ministry of Education to put resources online for primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers of students from non-English-speaking backgrounds. The site is for all teachers, including ESOL specialists. The site includes teaching strategies, lesson plans, and general teaching resources, as well as school policy on teaching second languages. Get More Detail
  • U.S.-China E-Language Project The promising practice document describes a joint research and development project between the U.S. Department of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Education to provide exchange and cooperation opportunities for the development of Internet-based language instruction known as the E-Language Learning System (ELLS). As a research and development endeavor between the two countries, the purpose of ELLS is to determine the viability and effectiveness of an Internet-based, second-language approach to instruction for middle school students through the integrated use of animation, gaming techniques, and voice recognition. Get More Detail
  • EDUNET Educational Resource This Korean and English-language web portal, operated by KERIS (Korea Education & Research Information Service), provides K-12 teachers with instructional materials, classroom management materials, clinical supervision materials, online instructional materials, and public resources. Its features include e-learning, cyber teachers, computer simulations and animations, and teaching modules. Get More Detail
  • Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: English As a Second Language and English Literacy, The This Resource Guide from Ontario, Canada describes programs and procedures that support students who are from countries or communities in which standard Canadian English is not the primary language of communication and who may have difficulty meeting the expectations of the Ontario curriculum because of their lack of proficiency in English.Teachers should use this resource guide in conjunction with the various curriculum policy documents that make up the Ontario curriculum for Grades 1 to 8.The guide has been designed to help schools and classroom teachers provide the accommodations and modifications that will enable students from a variety of linguistic, ethnocultural, and educational backgrounds to participate as quickly and as fully as possible and to achieve the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. (In English) Get More Detail
  • English for Science and Technology in Thailand This promising practice document describes Thailand's English for Science and Technology, the first fully web-based English course, funded by the Thailand Graduate Institute for Science and Technology. It is designed to be a task-based course to teach integrated skills; listening, reading, pronunciation, and writing as well as science-related grammar and vocabulary. Get More Detail
  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) The Gateway to Education Materials (GEM) is a web portal that is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commericial Internet sites. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Chinese Taipei's General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) This English-language website provides information about Chinese Taipei's assessment of English language proficiency. At the start of 1999, to promote the idea of life-long learning and to further encourage the study of English, the Ministry of Education commissioned the Language Training & Testing Center (LTTC) to develop a fair and reliable English test for students of English at all levels of proficiency. The site provides access to information about each level of examination and links to Chinese language research reports on the testing. Get More Detail
  • Higher Education Contribution Schemes (HECS) This site provides information, targeted to Australian and international students, graduates and parents who are interested in knowing more about studying at university in Australia or overseas, on a wide range of issues, support and study options that need to be considered when going to university. Get More Detail
Language Instruction » Standards
  • Standards for the English Language Arts (U.S.) The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. These standards assume that literacy growth begins before children enter school as they experience and experiment with literacy activities—reading and writing, and associating spoken words with their graphic representations. Recognizing this fact, these standards encourage the development of curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the emerging literacy abilities that children bring to school. Furthermore, the standards provide ample room for the innovation and creativity essential to teaching and learning. They are not prescriptions for particular curriculum or instruction. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • One Ruler, Many Tests As part of EDNET’S “Seminar on Language Standards and their Assessment” Project, this paper highlights Test equating (ITR, MITR), Item Banks, Computer Adaptive Testing, and Lexile scales as psychometric tools having value for the development of an APEC Item Bank. Get More Detail
  • Singapore Subject Syllabuses Detailed syllabi broken down by skills to be learned at the end of every two years (grades 1-10). Includes English language and literature (2001), math (2007), science (2008) and Chinese language and literature (2007, in Chinese). Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards of Singapore Singapore has consistently excelled in international comparative studies in mathematics and sceince. Many researchers have attributed its success to its well organized curriculum. At this site, organized by the Singaporean Ministry of Education, you can curriculum standards or subject syllabuses as they are referred to as in Singapore. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from South Korea South Korea's education has also traditionally been excellent as suggested in international studies. But it has undertaken major efforts to reform its curriculum. This site includes an English version of its reformed currcullum structure and general goals. Get More Detail
  • A Study on the 7th National Curriculum Implementation at the Secondary Schools Level This study looked into the procedures of and the status of the implementation of the new 7th National Curriculum at secondary school level (7th through 10th grades). It examined, a) the processes taken by the local boards of education of facilitating the schools with the new curriculum implementation and, b) the schools and the teachers for the actual implementation of the 10 core subject matters in classrooms. Get More Detail
  • Curriculum Standards from the State of Michigan Michigan's content standards are a set of learning expectations developed by parents, educators, business leaders and university professors to assist schools in the development of local district curricula. These standards and more detailed learning objectives called /benchmarks/ are contained within the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, Michigan has recently developed nationally recognized English Language Arts and Mathematics Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) providing K-8 educators with meaningful tools to better align what is taught with what is tested in the classroom. This site includes all curriculum standards from the State of Michigan Get More Detail
  • Singapore Subject Syllabuses Detailed syllabi broken down by skills to be learned at the end of every two years (grades 1-10). Includes English language and literature (2001), math (2007), science (2008) and Chinese language and literature (2007, in Chinese). Get More Detail
  • Global Learning Portal The GLP web portal was jointly developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Sun Microsystems in response to the "Education For All" goals. It uses the Internet to help customers participate in global communities of educators without ever traveling abroad. Customers can share and collaboratively develop education-focused resources such as lesson plans, reports and case studies. Members can create personal profiles and search profiles of fellow members to find colleagues around the globe who are interested in collaboration. Education-related topics can be explored through discussion forums and collaborative projects. Get More Detail
  • One Ruler, Many Tests As part of EDNET’S “Seminar on Language Standards and their Assessment” Project, this paper highlights Test equating (ITR, MITR), Item Banks, Computer Adaptive Testing, and Lexile scales as psychometric tools having value for the development of an APEC Item Bank. Get More Detail

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Governance » Governance - Reforming Management » General Resources
  • Basic Education Curriculum Guide-Building on Strengths (Primary 1-Secondary 3) The Basic Education Curriculum Guide from Hong Kong aims to help school heads and teachers reflect upon the strengths of their schools with reference to the main recommendations made in the Curriculum Development Council's (CDC) Report on "Learning to Learn - The Way Forward in Curriculum Development" (CDC, 2001), and then to decide how best to bring about the curriculum reform in the context of the school to achieve the aims of education and the overall aims of the school curriculum. Get More Detail
  • Australian Government Department of Education, Science & Training This links to the official site of the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Science and Training where you will find useful links to information on policies and programmes that promote the development of education and science in schools, higher education, vocational education and training and international education. Get More Detail
  • Mexico Education Progress Report 2001-2003 This Spanish language document points to a reports that details the educational progress made in the first three years of the present administration as a result of the effort between the central, state and municipal governments, with the participation of different sectors from society. Get More Detail
  • Better High Schools This U.S. site of the National High School Center links research and resources for better high schools. The National High School Center is a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues for the Regional Comprehensive Centers. In helping the Comprehensive Centers build capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the goals of No Child Left Behind relating to high schools. It identifies effective programs and tools, offers friendly products and provides high-quality technical assistance to support the use of research-based approaches within high school learning communities. Get More Detail
  • National Education for All (EFA) Action Plan (2003-2015) The Ministry of Education and Training, with the technical assistance of UNESCO since late 2001, has completed the preparation of the "National Education for All Action Plan 2003-2015" for Viet Nam. This Plan was approved by the Government on the 2nd of July 2003. The "National Education for All Action Plan 2003-2015" is, on the one hand, a Government tool for adjusting policies at the macro level in the area of Education for All and a framework for provinces and cities to develop their respective provincial Education for All Plans. On the other hand, this Plan is a framework for guiding international organisations, bilateral donors and NGOs' financial and technical support to Viet Nam in order to accelerate and ensure the quality of Education for All activities. Get More Detail
  • International Centres for Excellence This site provides information on the key initiative of the Australian Government to establish International Centres of Excellence in Asia Pacific Studies and Diplomacy, Mathematics Education, Sports Science and Administration and Water Resources Management. Get More Detail
  • Education Reform Proposals This is an official website for the Education Commission, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It provides consultation documents and reports on the education reform in Hong Kong. Get More Detail
  • Act of the Republic of Indonesia on National Education System This English-language document provides the text of a new law reforming Indonesia's National Education System resulting from national wide consultation. The Government of Indonesia made political commitments at the World Education Forum (April 2000), along with others, for achieving basic education for all. In this broader context, national level reflections were engaged for developing a new vision of education, as part of the reform in Indonesia, which emphasize the implementation of the principles of democracy, autonomy, decentralization, and public accountability. Get More Detail
  • New Zealand Education System: An Overview, The This link provides access to publications providing a brief overview of the governance and structure of education provision in New Zealand. The reports include information on quality assurance and the international comparability of New Zealand secondary school and tertiary education qualifications. The site provides the overview in English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai. Get More Detail
  • Education in the United States: A Brief Overview education; the roles of local, state, and federal government in education policy, administration, and financing; and the No Child Left Behind Act. This online document has been slightly revised from the September 2003 printed publication of the same title. Get More Detail
  • Learning for the New Century The speech describes efforts at education reform in Thailand. Current efforts include moving from teacher-centered to a child-centered methods, integrating content and process, improving assessment, and a renewed emphasis on a Buddhist perspective and indigenous knowledge. Future efforts will include the development of R&D learning centers and the infrastructure for lifelong learning. Get More Detail
  • Japanese Super Science High Schools (SSHs): An Overview This document, written in anticipation of the 3rd APEC Education Ministieral Meeting, provides an overview of the Japan's Super Science High Schools. These high school are designated by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to emphasize science, technology and math education. SSHs undertake research and development of innovative curricula with emphasis on science, technology and mathematics study and effective ways of collaborating with universities and research institutes. Get More Detail
  • NCLB: School Choice for Parents This website about school choice policy in the United States under No Child Left Behind provides information for families so they may take advantage of new choices and supplemental educational services under Get More Detail
  • How Can a Tertiary Education Strategy Drive Economic Growth? This discussion paper from the 4th APEC Ministers' Meeting on Regional Science and Technology Cooperation proposed a relationship between strengthening terteriary education and promoting economic growth in APEC economies. The paper proposes internal policy strategies for APEC members to pursue as well as means for cooperating. Get More Detail
  • Governance Sub-Theme Strategic Plan Submitted for the 3rd APEC Ministerial Meeting, this paper from Australia focused on the issue of school governance centralization and decentralization in the APEC region. The paper's authors review major research and policy trends in the APEC region and provide examples from APEC's members. A series of recommendations to APEC's ministers for cooperation in this area are then provided. Get More Detail
  • Striking Balance: Sharing Effective Practice from East to West This power point presentation on best practice in education governance and systemic reform was prepared for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting. The presentation details current research findings and policy trends in governance and decentralization, provides case studies, and outlines recommendations for cooperation in this area, including the area of higher education. Get More Detail
  • Fiscal Decentralization in Education This is a hands-on training module that invites readers to learn the economics of fiscal decentralization in education by making calculations on spreadsheets. Its purpose is to provide participants with: (a) an overview of the policy issues of fiscal decentralization; and (b) the techniques to analyze the consequences of alternative transfer mechanisms, including lump sum grants and matching grants, on efficiency and equity in the education sector. Get More Detail
  • National Education for All (EFA) Action Plan (2003-2015) The Ministry of Education and Training, with the technical assistance of UNESCO since late 2001, has completed the preparation of the "National Education for All Action Plan 2003-2015" for Viet Nam. This Plan was approved by the Government on the 2nd of July 2003. The "National Education for All Action Plan 2003-2015" is, on the one hand, a Government tool for adjusting policies at the macro level in the area of Education for All and a framework for provinces and cities to develop their respective provincial Education for All Plans. On the other hand, this Plan is a framework for guiding international organisations, bilateral donors and NGOs' financial and technical support to Viet Nam in order to accelerate and ensure the quality of Education for All activities. Get More Detail
  • Education Reform in Singapore: Towards Greater Creativity and Innovation? This article poses questions about several ongoing and future challenges and dilemmas facing Singapore’s education system as it moves into the twenty-first century. It focuses on the ways in which schools are being urged to foster creativity and innovation to enhance national economic competitiveness in the global economy. It examines several key policy initiatives such as Thinking Schools, Learning Nation, the Masterplan for Information Technology in Education , and revisions to university admission criteria. We also discuss the move toward the marketization of education, as manifested for instance in the push for intense interschool competition. Get More Detail
  • 2002: Adapting Education to the Information Age A White Paper on the challenges of developing human resources in a knowledge-based society. The White Paper summarizes the current and domestic situation in Korea regarding ICT use in education. It includes current statistics and describes the current situation, current tasks, future vision and further steps of ICT use in education; from elementary and secondary education through continuing education. Get More Detail
  • New Zealand Curriculum Stocktake 2002 Since 1991, the New Zealand Ministry of Education has worked on a complete revision, in English and Ma'ori, of the curriculum. This report analyses the reform experience in terms of: the appropriateness of the New Zealand curriculum and te marautanga o Aotearoa in the current educational, social and economic climate; the purposes of these curricula; and the quality of these curricula in contributing to improved student outcomes, meeting the expectations of a range of stakeholders and against comparable international curricula. Get More Detail
  • Center on Educational Governance Compilation of evaluations, reports and research from a U.S. school of education on new tools and strategies for managing schools effectively, including charter schools and school based management. Get More Detail
  • Workshop on Efforts to Improve Teacher’s Status and Professionalism This English-language paper describes a workshop designed to address Indonesian teachers questions regarding national decentralization policies, such as how the decentralization process will affect the incentive structures faced by teachers, the process of assignment, evaluation and promotion, and dismissal of teachers? As well as what kinds of administrative and pedagogical supportIndonesian teachers can expect while on the job. The workshop resulted in the formulation of a strategic plan and recommendations to improve the status and professionalism of teachers. Get More Detail
  • What Works Clearinghouse, The The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. Get More Detail
  • An Overview of New Zealand's Education System This paper was provided by New Zealand at the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting in response to the Subtheme exploring Governance Systems and Systemic Reform. The paper provides an overview of New Zealand's current educational governance system and provides examples of recent reforms. Get More Detail
  • The Quality Journey of Singapore Schools This paper was provided by Singapore at the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting in response to the Subtheme exploring Governance Systems and Systemic Reform. The paper provides an overview of Singapore's efforts to realize their vision of "Thinking Schools, Learning Nation" - where every school is a crucible of creative thinking and self-directed learning. The paper focuses on the School Excellence Model implemented in Singapore beginning in 1998. Get More Detail
  • NCLB: School Choice for Parents This website about school choice policy in the United States under No Child Left Behind provides information for families so they may take advantage of new choices and supplemental educational services under Get More Detail
  • New Zealand Best Evidence Synthesis This site contains Best Evidence Synthesis reports. These documents are part of the New Zealand Ministry of Education's ongoing investment to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice. Get More Detail
  • Center on Educational Governance Compilation of evaluations, reports and research from a U.S. school of education on new tools and strategies for managing schools effectively, including charter schools and school based management. Get More Detail
  • Achieving an Optimal Balance of Centralization and Decentralization In Education This draft paper was prepared by an Australian researcher, Dr. Brian Caldwell, for the APEC Summit on Education Reform. The paper draws mainly from experience in the West where there have been changes in the balance of centralization and decentralization in efforts to enhance the quality of education. Particular attention is given to school autonomy (school-based management), school choice and a private role in the management of public education. Get More Detail
  • Educational Centralization and Decentralization in East Asia This draft research paper was prepared by a researcher from Hong Kong, Dr. Frederick Leung, in preparation for the APEC Summit on Education Reform. Given that many East Asian economies are introducing some form of educational decentralization, the paper discusses such questions as the motives behind the decentralization measures in the East, the success of these measures, and what can be learned from experimenting with decentralization. Get More Detail
  • New Zealand Numeracy Development Project This paper, written in preparation for the 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting, provides an overview of New Zealand's Numeracy Development project. The project emphasizes the importance of clarifying expectations, improving professional capacity and community involvement in increasing student achievement. Get More Detail
Governance » Governance Structure
  • Rhode Island Diploma System Local Assessment Toolkits This collaborative project of the Rhode Island Department of Education and The Education Alliance at Brown University was made possible with the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The toolkits contain resources to help schools develop, implement, and sustain graduation portfolios and exhibitions and use common tasks as part of their local diploma system. Get More Detail
  • Rhode Island Diploma System Local Assessment Toolkits This collaborative project of the Rhode Island Department of Education and The Education Alliance at Brown University was made possible with the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The toolkits contain resources to help schools develop, implement, and sustain graduation portfolios and exhibitions and use common tasks as part of their local diploma system. Get More Detail
  • Key Competencies in 21st Century Schooling This paper explores the nature of the five key competencies as outlined in the New Zealand revised national Curriculum. The aim is to contribute to the development of a shared understanding of the competencies, by those who work in or with the school sector. Oates (2001) suggests that success in introducing competencies into the curriculum will depend on the development of such shared understandings and so this paper aims to: 1) link each competency to appropriate broad areas of theory and research relevant to that competency; 2) provide practice-linked insights into the nature of each competency; 3) demonstrate ways the competencies could integrate with each other, both theoretically and in practical classroom applications, to emphasise their holistic nature; and 4) provide a catalyst for wider professional conversations about the key competencies by identifying areas in need of further discussion and debate. Get More Detail
  • Rhode Island Diploma System Local Assessment Toolkits This collaborative project of the Rhode Island Department of Education and The Education Alliance at Brown University was made possible with the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The toolkits contain resources to help schools develop, implement, and sustain graduation portfolios and exhibitions and use common tasks as part of their local diploma system. Get More Detail
  • Key Competencies in 21st Century Schooling This paper explores the nature of the five key competencies as outlined in the New Zealand revised national Curriculum. The aim is to contribute to the development of a shared understanding of the competencies, by those who work in or with the school sector. Oates (2001) suggests that success in introducing competencies into the curriculum will depend on the development of such shared understandings and so this paper aims to: 1) link each competency to appropriate broad areas of theory and research relevant to that competency; 2) provide practice-linked insights into the nature of each competency; 3) demonstrate ways the competencies could integrate with each other, both theoretically and in practical classroom applications, to emphasise their holistic nature; and 4) provide a catalyst for wider professional conversations about the key competencies by identifying areas in need of further discussion and debate. Get More Detail
  • Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies The Council published Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies which provides an articulated K-12 social studies program that serves as a framework for the integration of other national standards in social studies, including U.S. and world history, civics and government, geography, global education, and economics. NCSS standards ensure that an integrated social science, behavioral science, and humanities approach for achieving academic and civic competence is available to guide social studies decision makers in K-12 schools. The NCSS framework consists of ten themes incorporating fields of study that correspond with one or more relevant disciplines. Get More Detail
  • Rhode Island Diploma System Local Assessment Toolkits This collaborative project of the Rhode Island Department of Education and The Education Alliance at Brown University was made possible with the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The toolkits contain resources to help schools develop, implement, and sustain graduation portfolios and exhibitions and use common tasks as part of their local diploma system. Get More Detail
  • Key Competencies in 21st Century Schooling This paper explores the nature of the five key competencies as outlined in the New Zealand revised national Curriculum. The aim is to contribute to the development of a shared understanding of the competencies, by those who work in or with the school sector. Oates (2001) suggests that success in introducing competencies into the curriculum will depend on the development of such shared understandings and so this paper aims to: 1) link each competency to appropriate broad areas of theory and research relevant to that competency; 2) provide practice-linked insights into the nature of each competency; 3) demonstrate ways the competencies could integrate with each other, both theoretically and in practical classroom applications, to emphasise their holistic nature; and 4) provide a catalyst for wider professional conversations about the key competencies by identifying areas in need of further discussion and debate. Get More Detail
  • National Education for All (EFA) Action Plan (2003-2015) The Ministry of Education and Training, with the technical assistance of UNESCO since late 2001, has completed the preparation of the "National Education for All Action Plan 2003-2015" for Viet Nam. This Plan was approved by the Government on the 2nd of July 2003. The "National Education for All Action Plan 2003-2015" is, on the one hand, a Government tool for adjusting policies at the macro level in the area of Education for All and a framework for provinces and cities to develop their respective provincial Education for All Plans. On the other hand, this Plan is a framework for guiding international organisations, bilateral donors and NGOs' financial and technical support to Viet Nam in order to accelerate and ensure the quality of Education for All activities. Get More Detail