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

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22 years later, I finally read my dad's book. It was pretty good. Unlike pop science books, every assertion in this book is carefully checked and proven by research. He pulls together compelling ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

22 years later, I finally read my dad's book. It was pretty good. Unlike pop science books, every assertion in this book is carefully checked and proven by research. He pulls together compelling ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
5
Preface to the First Edition
7
Introduction
13
Academic Achievement
28
Childrens Lives
52
Socialization and Achievement
72
Effort and Ability
94
Satisfactions and Expectations
113
The Organization of Schooling
130
The Profession of Teaching
156
The Practice of Teaching
174
Defining the Solution
200
Endnotes
225
For Further Reading
233
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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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