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Program Title: Attaining Excellence: A TIMSS Resource Kit by donahoe
EASC Code: JA-20
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: Education
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
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Producer: Attaining Excellence: A TIMSS Resource Kit by donahoe
Release Date:
Running Time: 80 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: ATTAINING EXCELLENCE:
A TIMSS RESOURCE KIT
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC
1997

ATTAINING EXCELLENCE: A TIMSS RESOURCE KIT is designed to help
educators and citizens use the findings of the Third International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) to improve the education we
provide our nation's children.
The kit - based on the world's largest, most comprehensive, and
most rigorous international comparison of mathematics and science
education - will help state and local policymakers, educators, and
citizens compare their education systems with those of other
countries.
The TIMSS Resource Kit uses the information learned from TIMSS to
help educators, practitioners, policymakers, and concerned
citizens reflect deeply upon their own local practices. The kit
will help you find out:
* How U.S. math and science education compares with that of other
countries,
* How U.S. curricula and expectations of student learning compare
with those of other countries, and
* How teaching practices in the United States compare with those
in Japan and Germany.
ATTAINING EXCELLENCE: A TIMSS RESOURCE KIT
($94; stock #065-000-01013-5)
The multimedia Resource Kit includes four modules containing the
following items:
* Clear, easy-to-understand reports on the TIMSS findings;
* Videotapes of classroom teaching in the United States,
Japan, and Germany;
* Guides for discussion leaders;
* Presentation overheads with talking points for speakers; and
* Checklists, leaflets, and flyers.
The TIMSS Resource Kit contains a guide to the kit and four
modules: U.S. Education, Student Achievement, Teaching, and
Curricula. The contents of each module are described below.
Please note that the modules and most individual items may also be
purchased separately.
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U.S. EDUCATION MODULE
ATTAINING EXCELLENCE: TIMSS AS A STARTING POINT TO EXAMINE U.S.
EDUCATION ($37; stock #065-000-01014-3)
This module presents an overview of the TIMSS findings. It is
designed for individual and small-group use. It features the
following publications and video:
INTRODUCTION TO TIMSS: THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND
SCIENCE STUDY - A comprehensive overview of TIMSS' purpose,
scope, and findings. The booklet also includes overhead
transparencies, talking points for speakers, and other
materials to facilitate community discussions about TIMSS.
"Introduction to TIMSS" is included in the "U.S. Education
Module" when purchased separately or as part of the TIMSS
Resource Kit. This book is also included in the other modules
when those modules are purchased separately.
PURSUING EXCELLENCE: A STUDY OF U.S. EIGHTH-GRADE MATHEMATICS
AND SCIENCE TEACHING, LEARNING, CURRICULUM, AND ACHIEVEMENT IN
INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT - The official report by the National
Center for Education Statistics describing U.S. eighth-grade
student achievement and schooling in comparative perspective.
($9.50; stock #065-000-00959-5)
PURSUING EXCELLENCE: A STUDY OF U.S. FOURTH-GRADE MATHEMATICS
AND SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT - The official
report by the National Center for Education Statistics
describing U.S. fourth-grade student achievement and schooling
in comparative perspective. ($4.75; stock # 065-000-01018-6)
A VIDEO PRESENTATION OF PURSUING EXCELLENCE: U.S. EIGHTH-GRADE
FINDINGS FROM TIMSS - A 13-minute VHS tape summarizing key
findings in the report with commentary by various education and
business leaders. ($20; stock #065-000-01003-8)
DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR A VIDEO PRESENTATION OF PURSUING
EXCELLENCE - A viewer workbook and ideas for moderators leading
community meetings or small group discussions. ($5.50; stock
#065-000-01021-6)
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT MODULE
ATTAINING EXCELLENCE: USING TIMSS AS A STARTING POINT TO EXAMINE
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. ($51; stock #065-000-01015-1)
This module, designed for individual or small-group use, features
the following publications and makes the TIMSS findings relevant
to local decision makers, educators, and parents.
INTRODUCTION TO TIMSS: THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND
SCIENCE STUDY - See "U.S. Education Module" above. (Not sold
separately.)
BENCHMARKING TO INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT - A guide to the
international eighth-grade TIMSS reports that uses actual test
items to facilitate comparisons of U.S. student achievement
with achievement of students in other TIMSS countries. ($3.75;
stock #065-000-01022-4)
MATHEMATICS ACHIEVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS: IEA'S
THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY (TIMSS) - A
TIMSS International Study Center report that presents findings
on eighth-grade mathematics achievement and schooling in 41
countries. ($18; stock #065-000-01023-2)
SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS: IEA'S THIRD
INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY (TIMSS) - A TIMSS
International Study Center report that presents findings on
eighth-grade science achievement and schooling in 41 countries.
($19; stock #065-000-01024-1)
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TEACHING MODULE
ATTAINING EXCELLENCE: TIMSS AS A STARTING POINT TO EXAMINE
TEACHING ($31; stock #065-000-01016-0)
Using videotapes of actual eighth-grade mathematics lessons from
the United States, Japan, and Germany, this module vividly
demonstrates differences and similarities in teaching styles and
techniques of educators in these countries. This module is
designed for teachers, and those who work with them, and includes
the following publications and videotape:
INTRODUCTION TO TIMSS: THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND
SCIENCE STUDY - See "U.S. Education Module" above. (Not sold
separately.)
EIGHTH-GRADE MATHEMATICS LESSONS: UNITED STATES, JAPAN, AND
GERMANY - An 80-minute VHS tape with abbreviated versions of
six eighth-grade mathematics lessons - one algebra and one
geometry lesson from the United States, Japan, and Germany.
($20; stock #065-000-01025-9)
MODERATOR'S GUIDE TO EIGHTH-GRADE MATHEMATICS LESSONS: UNITED
STATES, JAPAN, AND GERMANY - A discussion guide to the video
designed for those leading half-day or full-day seminars.
Appendices include transcripts of the lessons, notes on the
lessons, and contextual information about mathematics teaching
in the three countries. ($12; stock #065-000-01026-7)
FOSTERING ALGEBRAIC AND GEOMETRIC THINKING: SELECTIONS FROM THE
NCTM STANDARDS - Excerpts from the "Curriculum and Evaluation
Standards for School Mathematics" and "Professional Standards
for Teaching Mathematics" by the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics (NCTM). ($4.75; stock #065-000-01027-5)
MATHEMATICS PROGRAMS IN JAPAN (KINDERGARTEN TO UPPER SECONDARY
SCHOOL) - The official English translation of the Japanese
Ministry of Education National Course of Study for Mathematics.

Data Entry Date: 12/11/06