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Closing the achievement gap from an international perspective : transforming STEM for effective education

Author: Julia V Clark
Publisher: Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2014.
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In a changing world that demands new skills, a vital concern of public education is the gap in academic performance between low- and high-achieving students. There is no excuse for the achievement gaps that persist among poor and minority students in schools today. All students can succeed at high levels, regardless of race, ethnicity and economic background. Several countries have successfully confronted inequities  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julia V Clark
ISBN: 9789400743571 9400743572
OCLC Number: 861787036
Notes: Title from PDF title page (viewed on Oct. 31, 2013).
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 324 pages)
Contents: Part I: Chronicling Educational Challenges and Development --
Introduction / Julia V. Clark --
Closing the Achievement Gap: A Systemic View / Linda Darling-Hammond --
Teacher Qualification and the Achievement Gap: A Cross-National Analysis of 50 Countries / Motoko Akiba and Guodong Liang --
Part II: North America --
Addressing the Achievement Gap in the United States / Julia V. Clark --
Closing the Science, Mathematics, and Reading Gaps from a Canadian Perspective: Implications for Stem Mainstream and Pipeline Literacy / Larry D. Yore, Leslee Francis Pelton, Brian W. Neill, Tim W. Pelton, John O. Anderson and Todd M. Milford --
Achievement Gap in Mexico: Present and Outlook / Armando Sanchez-Martinez --
Part III: South America --
Racial Achievement Gaps in Another America: Discussing Schooling Outcomes and Affirmative Action in Brazil / Ricardo A. Madeira and Marcos A. Rangel --
Part IV: Europe --
Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Policy and Practice in England, 1997-2010 / Geoff Whitty and Jake Anders --
The Achievement Gap in Science and Mathematics: A Turkish Perspective / Mustafa Sami Topcu --
Part V: Asia --
Achievement Gap in China / Gaoming Zhang and Yong Zhao --
Employing a Sociohistorical Perspective for Understanding the Impact of Ideology and Policy on Educational Achievement in the Republic of Korea / Sonya N. Martin, Seung-Urn Choe, Chan-Jong Kim and Youngsun Kwak --
Closing the Achievement Gap in Singapore / Jason TAN --
Part VI: Africa --
Equity Deferred: South African Schooling Two Decades into Democracy / Nick Taylor and Johan Muller --
Part VII: Australia --
Securing STEM Pathways for Australian High School Students from Low-SES Localities: Science and Mathematics Academy at Flinders (SMAF) / Debra Panizzon, Martin Westwell and Katrina Elliott --
The Road to Excellence: Promoting Access and Equity to Close the Achievement Gap Internationally / Julia V. Clark.
Responsibility: Julia V. Clark, editor.

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