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Jerry P. Becker

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TIMSS: Case Studies Information
Posted: Feb 2, 1999 6:13 PM
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[NOTE: Just as I clicked to transmit what follows, I opened an envelope
from the DoE to find
a copy of "Research Today - International Studies ... A report from the
National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment
(January, 1999). At the end it says: To request a copy of the video
"Attaining Excellence: Eighth-Grade Mathematics Lessons: United States,
Japan, and Germany," please call the TOLL FREE number: (877) 433-7827 or
e-mail the request to <>]

The Case Study Project is a component of the Third International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The series provides in-depth
information on education in three nations: Germany, Japan, and the United
States. Topics investigated in the Case Study Project include: education
standards, dealing with differences in ability, the place of school in
adolescents' lives, and the training and working conditions of teachers.

The TIMMS Case Study volume on Japan was published last summer. To obtain a
FREE copy of "The Educational System in Japan: Case Study Findings"
(ordering number SAI 98-3008) , call the following TOLL FREE number:


The U.S. volume is to go to the printer on February 10, and the German one
will be published a bit later. Both were to have been published in December
but apparently printing problems slowed this schedule.

The fifth of the Case Study volumes is now on the web. The title is:

"To Sum It Up: Case Studies of Education in Germany, Japan, and the United

written by Harold W. Stevenson and Roberta Nerison-Low.

The URL is

Here is the Table of Contents:

Title Page

Executive Summary
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Rationale of Study
Background Information
The Major Topics
The Research Method
The Research Questions
The Data
Chapter 2 - Education Standards
Public Education Systems
Organization of Schools
National Governments and Education Standards
States, Prefectures, and Districts
The Academic Curriculum
Implementing the Curriculum
Evaluating Achievement
Differences Among Schools
Standards in the Classroom
Entrance Examinations
Equity of Education
Chapter 3 - Dealing With Differences in Academic Ability
Perception of Differences in Ability
Dealing with Differences in Ability in Japan
Dealing with Differences in Ability in Germany
Dealing with Differences in Ability in the United States
Gender and Tracking
Race and Tracking
Socioeconomic Status
Students with Disabilities
Gifted Students
Chapter 4 - The Place of School in Adolescents' Lives
Time Use
Extracurricular Activities
Out-of-school Instruction
After-school Recreational Activities
Out-of-School Social Life
Time with Family
Response to Education
Transition from High School to Work
Parental Influences on Adolescents
Peer Influences
Social Context
Chapter 5 - The Training and Daily Lives of Teachers
Becoming a Teacher
Attitudes About Being a Teacher
A Teacher's Day
Teaching Practices
School Administration
Chapter 6 - Conclusions
The Research Method
Concluding Remarks

[Note: This publication is available in portable document format (pdf)
[364K]. To read pdf files you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader; if you do
not have Acrobat, you can download a free copy from Adobe.]

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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