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Gill, Alice; McPike, Liz – American Educator, 1995
Provides excerpts from a typical third-grade Japanese teachers' manual in order to shed light on why students in the Japanese educational system outperform their American counterparts in math. Excerpts address developing the course foundation, organizing the curriculum, ways to best help children grasp the subject matter, and extra activities and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
Stigler, James W.; Stevenson, Harold W. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Compares elementary mathematics instruction in Taiwan, Japan, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Finds that American teachers are overworked and devote less time to conducting lessons than Asian teachers, who employ proven inductive methods within the framework of standardized curricula. (DM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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