The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 16, 2009 - Education - 225 pages
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Ten years after its first publication, The Teaching Gap remains "a critical resource" (Publishers Weekly) for anyone involved in education. In paperback for the first time, it has been fully revised and includes a new preface and afterword by the authors.

American schools have famously lagged behind foreign schools in all areas of academic achievement. When James W. Stigler and James Hiebert made their assessment of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ten years ago, they discovered that the problem with American education is neither one of testing nor curricula, but teaching. A clarion call for treating teaching like the craft it is, The Teaching Gap lays out a clear program for change that administrators, teachers, and parents can implement together. Newly updated with fresh teaching solutions drawn from new research, this educational classic is as vital a teaching tool as ever.

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User Review  - sriemann - LibraryThing

Although this doesn't have practical ideas, I thought it was really informative and the authors were very realistic. Interesting was to read the afterword. Read full review

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This book explores the videotape study of 8th-grade mathematics education that was part of the TIMSS. I won't do a long summary as the elements of Lesson Study, described in the book, are fully dealt ... Read full review


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James W. Stigler, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at UCLA and the coauthor of The Learning Gap. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

James Hiebert, Ph.D., is H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Education at the University of Delaware and coauthor of Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding. He lives in Kemblesville, Pennsylvania.

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