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April 28, 2014 | 12:33 am
by Robin VitucciInternational benchmarking tests for education have been around since the 1960s. Despite criticisms that the United States has fallen behind in recent years, in truth we have never been top performers. Still, these comparisons have become an increasing part of education reform efforts around the world.  The most comprehensive benchmark comes from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization dedicated to global economic development. Since 2000, the OECD has administered the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to evaluate worldwide education systems every three years by assessing the competencies of 15-year-olds in math, reading, and science.The United States has seen average performance on these exams when compared with other OECD and partner countries. In 2000, the first year of PISA, the United States ranked 20th in math, 15th in science, and 16th in reading out of 41 countries. On the 2012 exam, the U... read more
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February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am
Educators often treat mathematics as an inherently global subject because of its quanititative and emperical nature, and they teach it with that assumption. In fact, educators in different coutries and cultures approach mathematical processes very differently, and students learn math concepts using a variety of different approaches. Students can experience the world in mathematics classes, despite the common misconception that global perspectives need not be incoporated into the teaching of mathematics. For example, students can use international data sets for problem solving, or art and architectural designs from various cultures in the study of geometry. As with science, students can learn about the worldwide origins of mathematics and the contributions of many cultures to the development of the modern field. The Mathematics, Science, and Technology Department at Columbia Teachers College offers the course “Teaching Mathematics in Diverse Cultures,” which examines mathematics... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:15 pm
Here is a quick summary of elements to consider when internationalizing teacher preparation programs.  This section of the website explores many different aspects of internationalization in teacher preparation.When revising teacher preparation programs, ensure that:General education coursework helps each prospective teachers develop deep knowledge of at least one world region, culture, or global issue, and facility in one language in addition to English. Professional education courses teach the pedagogical skills to enable future teachers to teach the global dimensions of their subject matter. GTE offers information by subject, including English language arts, mathematics, physical education and health, science, social studies, and visual and performing arts.International and domestic field experiences support the development of pre-service teachers’ global perspectives. There are incentives, not barriers, to faculty at all levels engaging in this work. All work aligns to the global... read more