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Wasserman, Nicholas H. – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2011
Last year the United States unveiled the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English and Mathematics for grades K-12. In particular, the authors included two possible sequences of 8-12 mathematics courses that would fulfill the standards. Most notably, the courses titled "3a" and "3b" in these two sequences have become…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Gísladóttir, Berglind; Jóhannsdóttir, Björg – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2010
Finland and Singapore are both nations that have excelled in mathematics on international assessments, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Evidence of Finland's educational success emerged with the outcome of the first PISA study in 2000. Since…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Success
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Stachelek, AJ – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2010
In mathematics education, utilizing international comparisons to support implementation of educational reforms has become increasingly common. With the advent of "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study" (TIMSS), educational reform seems to have transitioned to a reactionary process rather than a calculated adaptation of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Motivation, Influences, Mathematics Education