Learning Gap: Why Our Schools Are Failing And What We Can Learn From Japanese And Chinese Educ

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 26, 1994 - Education - 236 pages
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It is no secret that American education is in crisis. Our children lag behind students in other countries--and they are losing ground. In The Learning Gap, Harold W. Stevenson and James W. Stigler put this crisis in perspective by comparing teachers, parents, children, schools, and educational practices in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and China. Based on five major studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and featured on the front page of The New York Times, this is the first comprehensive account of what works in elementary education and what doesn't--and why. The authors analyze the role of standardized tests, tracking, special education, class size, money, classroom discipline, textbooks, and parental involvement and arrive at some startling conclusions that will drastically alter our understanding of the problems and possibilities of our schools. Television is not to blame for children's poor performance nor are underpaid or poorly trained teachers. And contrary to prevailing opinion, class size should be increased, and children should not begin academic preparation in preschool and kindergarten. Most important, the authors show that parental involvement is critical to children's learning and that schools should reward individual effort rather than emphasize innate ability. Bringing a clarity of purpose to the debate on education that is missing from the schools themselves, The Learning Gap is a landmark study that will shape the educational agenda of the future.

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Stevenson (psychology, Univ. of Michigan) and Stigler (psychology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles) offer a comparison between American (Chicago, Minneapolis) and Asian (Taiwan, China, Japan ... Read full review

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Very useful, helped me with an education paper.


Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Academic Achievement
Childrens Lives
Socialization and Achievement
Effort and Ability
Satisfactions and Expectations
The Organization of Schooling
The Profession of Teaching
The Practice of Teaching
Defining the Solution
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About the author (1994)

Harold Stevenson (1924–2005) was Director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

James Stigler, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at UCLA and Director of the TIMSS video studies, is coauthor of Simon & Schuster's highly praised book "The Learning Gap: Why Our Schools Are Failing and What We Can Learn from Japanese and Chinese Education." He lives in Los Angeles.

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