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Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method

Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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"This post is by Dr Katherine Firth who works in Academic Skills at the University of Melbourne, with a particular interest in research student literacies. Basically, Katherine is a Thesis Whisperer, like me. Unlike me, Katherine is still an active researcher in her field of 20th-century poetry. Over coffee Katherine told me about the ‘Cornell Method’ and kindly agreed to write a post. I found it enlightening, I hope you do too."
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How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love | Brain Pickings

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maria Popova

"“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. In 1949, career counselor William J. Reilly penned How To Avoid Work (UK; public library) — a short guide to finding your purpose and doing what you love. Despite the occasional vintage self-helpism of the tone, the book is remarkable for many reasons — written at the dawn of the American corporate era and the golden age of the housewife, it not only encouraged people of all ages to pursue their passions over conventional, safe occupations, but it also spoke to both men and women with equal regard."
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The deadliest school massacre in US history was in 1927. Why its aftermath matters now | Quartz

The deadliest school massacre in US history was in 1927. Why its aftermath matters now | Quartz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Lenore Skenazy

"In the end there were 38 children dead at the school, two teachers and four other adults.

I’m not talking about the horrific shooting in Connecticut today. I’m talking about the worst school murder in American history. It took place in Michigan, in 1927. A school board official, enraged at a tax increase to fund school construction, quietly planted explosives in Bath Township Elementary. Then, the day he was finally ready, he set off an inferno. When crowds rushed in to rescue the children, he drove up his shrapnel-filled car and detonated it, too, killing more people, including himself. And then, something we’d find very strange happened.

Nothing."
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We haven't come far in nearly 90 years.
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AtlanticLIVE — Jobs & Economy of the Future 2012 — The Atlantic

AtlanticLIVE — Jobs & Economy of the Future 2012 — The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On March 27, 2012, The Atlantic hosted the “Jobs & Economy of the Future: Educating the Next Generation to Compete” town hall, underwritten by Microsoft. The town hall continued on themes from last year’s “Finding Work, Finding Our Way: Building the Economy & Jobs of the Future” digital town hall, bringing together a live audience of over 120 people with remote audiences joining the conversation via Skype from a group of key stakeholders gathered at the Microsoft offices in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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How Non-Profits Are Approaching Online Education - Edudemic

How Non-Profits Are Approaching Online Education - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The battle over online education is not just heating up. It’s on fire. So how are non-profits battling the for-profit schools currently owning the space?

A new infographic sheds some light on the current state of online education, how non-profits are slicing up the pie, and what you should know about online education. Hint: it’s huge and getting more huger. Yes, that’s a term.
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It’s Here! ISTE Special Interest Group (SIG) Early Learning and Technology - Hatch Early Learning Experts Blog

It’s Here! ISTE Special Interest Group (SIG) Early Learning and Technology - Hatch Early Learning Experts Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Early Learning Experts

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adpcenter's curator insight, December 12, 2012 3:39 PM

During the summer I wrote about an initiative launched by a group of educators and interested others working to found a Special Interest Group (SIG) for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) to focus on the intentional, developmentally appropriate, and powerful use of technologies with early learners.

It is with great pleasure I share that ISTE has just approved the Special Interest Group (SIG) named Early Learning and Technology. The mission is as follows: “SIGELT is an advocate for developmentally appropriate technology use in early learning settings. SIGELT promotes and facilitates the advancement of meaningful technology integration in teaching and learning experiences for young children. SIGELT connects the early learning community with one another to explore and implement developmentally appropriate, high-quality, balanced, and relevant use of technologies with young children in all early learning and educational settings (birth to age eight).”

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Interview | Laura Pappano, Sense-Making and the Year of Disruption

Interview | Laura Pappano, Sense-Making and the Year of Disruption | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Interviewed by Victor Rivero

"How can you tell what is really good? Years ago, rudimentary tools had rudimentary websites and interfaces. Now every site looks polished, but the back-end quality can vary a lot. Not only is it hard to judge until a user has invested a lot of time, but we don’t have a sense of a reasonable standard. In terms of K-12, it takes a big investment to find good tools, explain how they can be useful, and make them part of the learning landscape.

"There are also such wide disparities among schools in the capacity to figure out and tap new tools that I see the digital divide growing even greater. It used to be that access to hardware was the key problem. Now, the issue is access to training and expertise to teach kids how to search, problem-solve, and communicate appropriately. It’s another form of social capital. I volunteer to run a school newspaper in a poor urban school, located in a gorgeous new building – with no wireless and computers that aren’t effectively networked. Teachers go to each computer and get students’ work off with a thumb drive. How can these kids learn the skills they need to be digitally fluent?
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Pappano did an outstanding job in moderating the Technapex event in NYC earlier this week. She kept the panelists on point and moving quickly, asked excellent questions, and displayed comprehensive knowledge of the K-20 ed tech space.

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Wisconsin Report Card Study | Forward Institute

Wisconsin Report Card Study | Forward Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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"A new analysis by the Forward Institute finds that Wisconsin schools with higher numbers of economically disadvantaged students rated significantly lower on the state's school Report Cards, and nearly half of score variation from school to school was attributable to variation in poverty levels. The study also revealed that Wisconsin's public schools significantly outperformed its charter schools overall -- especially in schools with high-poverty enrollment. In the past four years, Wisconsin public school budgets have been cut by over $1 billion. In 2012 alone, Wisconsin taxpayers provided $143.6 million to charter schools, the highest amount in state history, but the funding increases did not translate into higher charter performance over the three years of Report Card data collected. Since greater enrollment of disadvantaged students is a significant factor in scores on the Report Card, proposals to tie funding and teachers' salaries to Report Card scores would unfairly punish schools in high-poverty districts. Based on the high rate of Wisconsin children living in poverty, the study recommends policymakers enhance educational opportunities for children and save taxpayer money by redirecting educational funds to schools most effective at meeting the needs of Wisconsin children: traditional public schools."
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This study seems very important, partcularly if these findings hold true on a wider basis.

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What multitasking does to our brains | buffer

What multitasking does to our brains | buffer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Leo Widrich

"We all know this and have heard it hundreds of times. To work efficiently we have to single task. No multitasking.

"And yet, we let it slip. We end up eating lunch in front of the TV with our laptop open. We browse Twitter and Facebook, whilst sending emails, and chatting in multiple Gchat windows too. When really we should be focusing on just that one assignment, blog post, proposal or piece of code.

"So one thing is for sure, we are all aware multitasking different things at the same time makes us less efficient. Why the heck is it so hard to focus on just one thing then?

"Recently I started to develop a new work routine online, that specifically focuses on singletasking only. The results I got were amazing and I want to share more on this further down.

"To understand what actually goes on in our brains and see if it all makes sense, I went ahead and found some stunning research and answers to these questions:"
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 14, 2012 6:01 PM

Quite a thoughtful and helpful piece on why and how to avoid multitasking

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"Implications of 'Dimensions of quality' in a market environment"

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Is the information that prospective students are getting sufficient to enable them to assess what they are likely to gain from attending a particular higher education institution?

 

This is one of the questions posed by Professor Graham Gibbs in his new report Implications of 'Dimensions of quality' in a market environment, published today by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), with a foreword by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science.

 

The report follows up Professor Gibbs' highly influential 2010 report, Dimensions of quality, also published by the HEA. This research examined which factors, or dimensions of quality, could give a reliable indication of the quality of student learning. It found that the most important consideration is the way that institutions choose to use the resources they have available. Class size, the level of student effort, the teacher who is delivering a course or module, and the quantity and quality of feedback to students can all affect student outcomes, it said.

Professor Gibbs' new report examines how the HE community can apply the dimensions of quality he identified in 2010 to make a real difference to the student experience.


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5 Trends That Will Shape Digital Services In 2013

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By Olof Schybergson

"At Fjord, we work across domains like media, health care, retail, education, and banking, and the work always involves an element of “new.” A new platform or technology, a new business proposition, or new target users. We work at the front edge of mainstream, where innovation meets mass-market appeal. The constant presence of “new” in our work feeds our curiosity, and makes exploration a necessity.

"In order to guide our work and inspire our clients, we constantly think about what tomorrow will bring. Each year, we ask teams at Fjord to predict the major trends that will impact businesses and society next year. Here, we delve into five of our predictions for 2013 and share our thoughts on what designers should be doing to make sure they stay ahead of the curve."
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Students Think They Can Multitask. Here's Proof They Can't | Faculty Focus

Students Think They Can Multitask. Here's Proof They Can't | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maryellen Weimer

"With easy access to all sorts of technology, students multitask. So do lots of us for that matter. But students are way too convinced that multitasking is a great way to work. They think they can do two or three tasks simultaneously and not compromise the quality of what they produce. Research says that about 5% of us multitask effectively. Proof of the negative effects of multitasking in learning environments is now coming from a variety of studies."
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The evidence accumulates.

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Position Opening - Director of Program Development - Georgia Tech

Position Opening - Director of Program Development - Georgia Tech | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Job Purpose: Oversee and manage the development and delivery of adult learning based programs and systems. Responsible for setting employee goals, assessing performance, providing feedback, and making pay recommendations.

Major Responsibilities:

-Oversee, manage, and support development of credit and non-credit programs.
-Develop and manage credit and non-credit program processes associated with marketing, communicating with potential applicants and students, logistical support, budgeting, and program evaluation.
-Administer Education Broadband Services (EBS) program funding including management of RFP process for new course/program development, budget management, and interaction with faculty and GTPE staff to ensure program funds are effectively utilized and program impact measured.
-Work collaboratively with faculty to develop online and face-to-face program offerings and work with units to develop and manage project plans, determine what internal resources will be required, and ensure deliverables and deadlines are met.
- Identify strategic subject areas and market niches where Georgia Tech can best leverage its brand and expertise to develop new learning opportunities and identify ways to further develop and refine those areas with an established presence.
-Identify, develop and maintain relationships with potential stakeholders in strategic subject related areas with a potential need for department/unit services.
- Identify and pursue other funding sources to support and expand development of courses and engage in grant writing and other grant related activities.
-Perform other related duties as assigned.
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This posting comes from a friend who holds a senior adminstrative position at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and likes it there very much. The photo is an aerial view of the campus. To see more of the position description, click the headline or the picture.

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The Best History Books of 2012 | Brain Pickings

The Best History Books of 2012 | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maria Popova

"Following this year’s best science books, art books, design books, philosophy and psychology books, and children’s books, the 2012 best-of reading lists continue with the annual roundup of the year’s ten-or-so most fascinating history books. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)"
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5 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Innovate in Your School | Ed Social Media

5 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Innovate in Your School | Ed Social Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Scott Rocco

"All the conversations about technology and education lead to 1:1, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Each concept has its benefits and challenges, which creates a spirited debate among educators. Add to this debate the ever expanding list of educational apps, programs and services being developed for teachers, students, parents and administrators, and you begin to feel the urgency to innovate in your school. Before you take the plunge consider these five essential questions:"
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How school killings in the US stack up against 36 other countries put together | Quartz

How school killings in the US stack up against 36 other countries put together | Quartz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Simone Foxman and Ritchie King

"The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at John Jay College has collected data, compiled from news reports, on 294 attempted or actual multiple killings on school grounds that had two or more victims. The data span 38 countries and nearly 250 years, from 1764 to 2010, and do not include “single homicides, off-campus homicides, killings caused by government actions, militaries, terrorists or militants.”

"The results are above. The number of such incidents in the US was only one less than in all the other 36 countries put together. In 13 of those countries there were no incidents at all, either actual or attempted."
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The Jobs of the Future | Via Meadia

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By Walter Russell Mead

"The digital age is connecting entrepreneurs and consumers in faster, cheaper, and more creative ways. Starting a business is always going to involve risk and uncertainty, but the IT revolution is making it cheaper and easier for people to give it a shot. At a time when the job market for college grads is weak, and graduate degrees are becoming more expensive and less effectual, internet-based entrepreneurialism is looking more and more attractive.

"Via Meadia’s advice to budding tycoons: think outside the mainstream institutions. A whole new age of small business is rising fast. And to the Luddites who can’t imagine a world filled with good jobs as manufacturing employment joins agricultural employment as a dying institution: the world of the future will be richer in opportunity and offer more and more interesting work than anything we have ever seen in the past."
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Although I agree that the tech sector offers bountiful opportunities, I'm not as sure as Mead that manufacturing is dying. Indeed, the notion that the US needs to diversify the economy by making more things holds considerable merit in my view.

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How Apple CEO Tim Cook Feels About Education [VIDEO] - Edudemic

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said he believes the U.S. education system is failing to produce enough people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing processes. He added, however, that he hopes the new Mac project will help spur others to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
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Twenty Colleges Agree to Recruit KIPP Students | Technapex

Twenty Colleges Agree to Recruit KIPP Students | Technapex | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Caity Doyle

"This year 20 top universities, including Georgetown, Brown, Duke, Syracuse, and Pennsylvania pledged to recruit more alumni from the charter network Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, which focuses on providing education for underprivileged students in both rural and urban areas."
Jim Lerman's insight:

This is great for the KIPP students....however, KIPP schools are now replacing regular public schools at a pretty remarkable rate. What happens to the kids who don't win the lottery spots in the KIPP schools? What happens to the Special Ed students and ELLs that KIPP, and other charters, seem consistently to enroll at levels considerably below their representation in the overall population.? Are we creating "separate but equal" K-12 public school systems? Do these differentiated systems provide unequal access to elite, private higher education?

 

There's a saying that goes something like: every solution creates new problems. KIPP, and similar charter school chains, seem to be a real case in point.

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Private education grant tied to Gov. Christie staying in office | Newark Star-Ledger

Private education grant tied to Gov. Christie staying in office | Newark Star-Ledger | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Bob Braun

"What passes for educational reform in New Jersey has relied heavily on private foundation money — millions from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, among others — and a common complaint of critics is that the public is rarely made aware of the conditions of those grants. One recent grant from a California-based foundation includes this unusual stipulation: Gov. Chris Christie must stay in office in New Jersey.

"That’s astonishing," says David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center in Newark and a frequent critic of the Christie administration’s policies. "It is highly unusual, maybe precedent-setting — to require that an elected official remain in office as a condition for a grant."
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Revelation of the secrecy surrounding this grant, and what the article says regarding some of its provisions, raises some significant questions in my mind regarding democracy in current-day education "reform."

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New Hope for School Integration | American Educator

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"In a lengthy article in American Educator, Richard Kahlenberg discusses obstacles he's faced in promoting socioeconomic school integration over the past 16 years, the overwhelming evidence in support of it as an education policy, and promising signs of its undertaking nationally. At present, policymakers on the left and right find it politically safer to support "separate but equal” institutions for rich and poor, though to date no one has made high-poverty schools work at scale (Kahlenberg addresses the case of KIPP in a sidebar). Decades of research indicate that as the poverty level of a school rises, the average achievement level falls. And the country's relatively high rates of economic school segregation relative to other countries may explain our lack of cost-effectiveness. Kahlenberg cites a recent rigorous cost-benefit analysis, which found that averaged out over all students, the public benefit per student from socioeconomic integration is more than $20,000, and the combined public and private benefits amount to $33,000 per student, far exceeding the cost of $6,340 per student required to integrate. This public return (a factor of 3.3) and total return (public and private, 5.2) outstrips almost all other investments in education, including private school vouchers, reduced class size, and improvements in teacher quality. Kahlenberg warns that concentrated poverty is growing, and ends by discussing lessons that have emerged around making socioeconomic integration politically sustainable."
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Quite a comprehensive analysis and an appealing vision, at least to me.

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EFQUEL | European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning

EFQUEL | European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

FQUEL is a membership organisation which is based in Brussels. It is a network with over 100 members from Europe and beyond such as universities, corporations, consultancy bodies and national agencies. It is our aim to share experiences on how e-Learning can be used to strengthen individual, organisational, local and regional development, digital and learning literacy, and promote social cohesion and personal development. EFQUEL organises a yearly conference, provides certification schemes and quality tools and participates actively in partnerships that aim to improve the quality of technology enhanced learning. 


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Quality control for e-learning? | ZDNet

Quality control for e-learning? | ZDNet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Three organisations have collaborated in the hopes of producing a global e-learning material quality control system.

 

The Learning Agency Network (LANETO), the Agence Wallonne des Télécommunication (AWT) and the e-Learning Quality Service Center (eLQSC) have begun developing the label, which they hope will become an internationally recognized method of differentiating between software in an increasingly bloated online market.


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My Teaching Evolution: Assessment

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By Dolores Gende

"I like to offer a variety of authentic assessments in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential physics concepts and scientific skills. The most important feature of authentic assessments is that they provide multiple paths to the students’ demonstration of their learning.

"This is an example from our kinematics unit. The students were presented with a Lab Practicum challenge:

"At what position will two cars moving at different speeds collide if they are released from opposite ends at different times? Cars are 2 meters apart and one car is released 3 seconds after the first one.

"Instead of writing a traditional lab report, students created a video of their lab by engaging in a collaborative approach to the construction of knowledge. Take a look at the work of one of the teams, as they present their video in a TV news show format, reporting on a train accident. The team used the experiment as a model to investigate the incident and demonstrated their understanding of kinematics through multiple representations of knowledge."
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Why the Best Stay on Top in Latest Math and Science Tests - Science Now

Why the Best Stay on Top in Latest Math and Science Tests - Science Now | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Jeffrey Mervis

"The latest results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) released yesterday show that fourth- and eighth-grade students from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea have retained—and in some cases widened—their lead over the rest of the 63 countries that took the TIMSS tests in 2011. The scientists who manage this quadrennial exercise say that a big reason why East Asian countries continue to lead the rest of the world is their ability to implement necessary improvements in their school systems.

"Revolutionary results require revolutionary changes," says Michael Martin, co-director of the International Study Center at Boston College that administered TIMSS and PIRLS, a similar test of reading and literacy skills. Those changes are more likely to occur, he says, in countries that have a centralized education system and can move quickly to embrace the latest thinking on how to improve schooling.

"In Singapore, they are constantly revising their curriculum and helping teachers integrate those changes into their classroom," Martin says. "In contrast, the United States agonizes over what the curriculum should be and how to implement it. And by the time we have decided what to do, it's time to revise the curriculum again."

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This article attributes the lagging performance of US students to the lack of a national curriculum. While this may have some validity, it is also important to note the comparatively small size of the top scoring nations (US is more than 60 times larger than Singapore, more than 45 times larger than Hong Kong, more than 14 times larger than Taiwan, and more than 6 times larger than South Korea.) In addition, these countries have governments considerably less democratic than the US and are far less culturally and ethnically heterogenous.*****

 

The actual TIMMS report goes into a more finely grained analysis that takes into account factors such as home resources, school resources, school emphasis on achievement, safe and orderly school environments, teacher preparation and career satisfaction, student attitude, time spent on science instruction, instruction that engages students, and extent to which science teachers emphasize investigation.*****

 

All in all, international comparisons such as TIMMS continue to turn up the heat on policy makers and educators...tending to turn student learning into a race, at least in my view.

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