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Munson, Lynne; Bornfreund, Laura – American Educator, 2010
This article presents the authors' critique of lessons proposed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). The authors initiate a discussion about content that they hope will play out in schoolhouses and statehouses across the country. They take on a different task: they present a handful of lesson ideas from P21 that could enhance studies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Stigler, James W.; Hiebert, James – American Educator, 1998
Explores teaching as a cultural activity by focusing on U.S. and Japanese systems of teaching in the context of cultural beliefs about how students learn and the teacher's role in the learning process. Educational improvement could result from greater awareness of the cultural scripts used in teaching. (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Educational Improvement
Rosenbaum, James E. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1989
The Japanese education system provides a model for American school reform that effectively links school with entry into the workforce. Japanese schools maintain close relationships with businesses that expect teachers to nominate high-achieving students for jobs after graduation. (FMW)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
Barton, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1993
Presents findings from this condensation of major studies of the differences among U.S., Chinese, and Japanese education. Explanations for the superior performance of Chinese and Japanese students are explored in the areas of home and parents, effort and ability, organization of schooling, and teachers and teaching. (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability, Academic Achievement, Books, Comparative Analysis
Stevenson, Harold W. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
Reports the findings of a comparative study of elementary students in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China. Contrasts student attitude and behavior, intelligence, and achievement levels, and teacher and parent attitudes. Focuses on the factors behind the relative slowness of American children to acquire mathematics skills. (KH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Traits, Educational Environment