Mathematics and Science Instruction --Stimulating Learning in Math and Science
Facility with mathematics and science is key to success in a global economy driven by technological development and the use of information and data.
International comparison studies have found significantly different levels of achievement and practice in science and math education in the East and West. In general, the Asian educational systems seem to excel in producing students with a strong grasp of the content knowledge and include some of the highest scoring economies on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The Western systems have other strengths; they are successful in helping students develop problem-solving skills and the ability to apply knowledge to real life situations. Indeed, many Western economies are among the most scientifically innovative in terms of such indicators as new scientific patents and Nobel prizes. The pressing issue is how to combine the best of both systems.
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