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Please mark your calendar for AAAS2001
Posted: Aug 31, 2000 2:36 PM
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For those who may be interested in what the Third International Mathematics
and Science Study (TIMSS) has to offer, I would like to apprise you of an
opportunity to participate in two TIMSS-related symposia at the annual
meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
in San Francisco on February 15 - 20, 2001 (over President's Weekend).

On Sunday, February 18, 2001, the following symposia will be presented:

Session No.: 6172
Session Title: Journey Beyond TIMSS: Rethinking Professional Development
Session Track: Education and Public Understanding of Science
Session Schedule: Sunday, February 18, 2001, 9:00am - 12:00pm


Standards-based reform has become a rallying cry across the nation. But
how many of us share a common concrete image of a standards-based
classroom? The Videotape Study component of the Third International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) revealed that although most of our
teachers are familiar with the NCTM standards, it is, in fact, the Japanese
classroom which better represents standards-based instruction and learning.
The high quality lessons observed in Japanese classrooms do not occur by
happenstance nor through teachers working in isolation. They grow out of
research lessons developed and honed by teachers working collaboratively
over many months and years. Although little known in the West, research
lessons are ubiquitous in Japan elementary schools and are considered the
heart of professional development by Japanese teachers. A similar approach
to professional development is observed in China, where emphasis is placed
upon the importance of teacher collegiality focused on content and the
observation of others' lessons in enhancing teachers' content knowledge,
understanding of student thinking, and teaching strategies.

This symposium will present 1) research findings on how Japanese research
lessons/lesson study are implemented, 2) evidence that American classrooms
can offer similar high quality instruction and learning to heterogeneously
grouped students through teachers' engagement in Lesson Study, 3) research
findings on how Chinese teachers develop a "profound understanding of
fundamental mathematics", and 4) an introduction to the TIMSS-R Videotape
Study on 8th grade mathematics and science classrooms in eight countries.


Catherine Lewis, Mills College
Makoto Yoshida, TC/Columbia University
Paterson School 2, Paterson, NJ
Liping Ma, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
James Stigler, UCLA and Lesson Lab
Session No.: 6067
Session Title: Journey Beyond TIMSS: Additional Insight from the TIMSS-R
Session Track: Education and Public Understanding of Science
Session Schedule: Sunday, February 18, 2001, 2:45pm - 4:15pm

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS; has stimulated great interest
within the K-12 and higher education communities and the policy sector,
resulting in closer re-examination of our American approach to mathematics
and science instruction. As a follow-up to TIMSS, we now have data
collected in 1999 from TIMSS-Repeat (TIMSS-R), which will: shed more light
on how curriculum matters; assess achievement of eighth graders in 1999 who
were fourth graders during TIMSS in 1995; and further deepen our
understanding of international benchmarks for mathematics and science
achievement. An additional component of TIMSS-R is the Benchmarking Study,
in which 13 states and 14 districts/consortia of districts participated to
assess their mathematics and science programs in an international context.
TIMSS-R offers us an opportunity to measure whether we have improved our
mathematics and science instruction and learning opportunities.


William Schmidt, Michigan State University
Ina Mullis, Boston College
Patrick Gonzales, NCES/OERI/USDOE

In a later message posted to the new amte listserv (hosted by The Math
Forum), I shall provide the list of speakers' abstracts.

Thanks. Hope to see some of you in San Francisco.

Patsy Wang-Iverson
Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium (
Research for Better Schools
444 N. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123-4107
vox: 215.574.9300 x264
fax: 215.574.0133

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