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Comparing Standards Internationally
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Oxford Studies in Comparative Education

Comparing Standards Internationally

research and practice in mathematics and beyond


1999 paperback 208 pages, £30.00, ISBN 978-1-873927-68-7

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About the book

This important addition to the series Oxford Studies in Comparative Education is devoted to analysis of the issues surrounding major cross-national studies of educational attainment, especially in mathematics. It is concerned with many of the implications of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and includes contributions from internationally renowned scholars. It will be of considerable interest to all involved in the interpretation of the findings of major international surveys of attainment.


Barbara Jaworski & David Phillips. Looking Abroad: international comparisons and the teaching of mathematics in Britain

T. Neville Postlethwaite. Overview of Issues in International Achievement Studies

Julia Whitburn. The Slow Bird Must Start Out Early: research and practice in mathematics and beyond

S.J. Prais. How Did English Schools and Pupils Really Perform in the 1995 International Comparisons in Mathematics?

James W. Stigler & James Hiebert. Understanding and Improving Classroom Mathematics Instruction: an overview of the TIMSS video study

David Burghes. The Kassel Project: an international longitudinal comparative project in secondary mathematics

Graham Last. A Primary Mathematics Improvement Project Harnessing Continental Teaching Methods

Julia Whitburn. Why Can't the English Learn to Subtract?

Margaret Brown. Problems of Interpreting International Comparative Data


Margaret Brown is Professor of Mathematics Education at King’s College, London University, United Kingdom.

David Burghes is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

James Hiebert is Professor of Education at the University of Delaware, Newark, USA.

Barbara Jaworksi is University Lecturer in Education and Fellow of Worcester College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Graham Last was formerly Senior Inspector with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, United Kingdom, with responsibility for the IPM (Improving Primary Mathematics) initiative.

David Phillips is Professor in Comparative Education and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

T. Neville Postlethwaite is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Hamburg, Germany.

S. J. Prais is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, United Kingdom.

James W. Stigler is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Julia Whitburn is a researcher at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, United Kingdom.

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