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International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TEACHER TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES IN APEC MEMBERS International Organization Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Years of Data Collection 1993 Purpose The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was formed in 1989 as a new mechanism for multilateral cooperation among the economies of the Asia-Pacific region. Its members are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and the United States. APEC aims to sustain growth, development, and improved living standards in the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and to promote free trade. APEC provides a forum for ministerial discussion on a broad range of issues related to these goals. In August 1992, education ministers and senior officials from the APEC member countries met in Washington, D.C. to agree on activities and goals for a new APEC Education Forum. An education symposium was held immediately prior to the ministerial meeting to provide an opportunity for: exchange of ideas on designing schools for the 21st century; development of standards for curricula and assessment; and teacher development -- standards and reform. The Comparative Study of Teacher Training and Professional Development Practices in APEC Members is one of several cooperative activities undertaken by the Education Forum. As APEC members develop or revise national standards in specific curriculum subjects, and standards for teacher education, they will also need to revise standards for teacher education. Organization and Management The U.S. Department of Education is coordinating this study in which twelve APEC countries are participating (including the United States). Linda Darling-Hammond and Velma Cobb of the National Center for Restructuring Education at Teachers College, Columbia University are the principal investigators. Harold Stevenson of the University of Michigan has been commissioned to write a brief literature review and is one of six members of an advisory panel. Design Participants The twelve participating APEC members are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and the United States. Procedures and Summary of Content The participating APEC countries have submitted papers that describe their teacher training and professional development practices. These papers were based on a standard research framework. A second draft of the literature review has been completed and circulated to Forum members; a draft analysis overview also has been completed. Data Collection and Analyses The edited descriptive papers, a brief literature review, and an analytic overview paper that seeks to draw out the most important findings from a review of the member papers will be published in late 1994, after member approval.
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International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies Timetable 1992 Education ministers and senior officials of APEC member countries met in Washington, D.C. and agreed to establish an Education Forum to engage in joint cooperative activities and ongoing dialogue on key education policy issues. (August) 1993 The U.S. delegation to APEC presented a draft research framework. (May) 1994 Twelve participating countries provided papers describing teacher training and professional development practices. (January) A brief commissioned literature review was completed. (May) An analytic overview paper was drafted. (May) Members will submit comments on the papers. (July) Papers, overview, and literature review will be published. (Fall) Publications A volume containing papers that describe individual APEC members' teacher training and professional development practices, an analytic overview of the papers, and literature review will be published. (1994) Database No data base is available to the public at this time. Funding The U.S. Department of Education and APEC member education ministries provide funding for this study. Information Sources Alan Ginsburg, Director U.S. Department of Education Planning and Evaluation Service 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3127 Washington, D.C. 20202 telephone: 202/ 401-3132 facsimile: 202/ 401-3036 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 1992 Declaration of the APEC Education Ministerial. EF1. 1992 Education Standards in the Asia-Pacific Region. EF2. 1992 Proceedings of the APEC Education Ministerial. EF3. 1993 Papers Presented at the Symposium on Education in the APEC Region. EF4. 1993-4 APEC Education Forum: Summary Reports. First, second, third, fourth meetings. 1994 Curriculum Development and Achievement Standards in Mathematics Education. Final draft. EF5. June. 1994 School Education Statistics in the Asia-Pacific Region. Final draft. EF6. June. 1994 Information Technology in Education. Final draft. EF7. June. 1994 Teacher Preparation in the Asia-Pacific Region. Publication expected. October. 1994 Resource Allocation in Postsecondary Education. Conference proceedings. In preparation. 1994 The APEC Education Forum. Information brochure. In preparation. ******
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International Comparative Studies in Education: Descriptions of Selected Large-Scale Assessments and Case Studies NOTE: This study summary was reviewed and edited by Lenore Garcia at the U.S. Department of Education Office of the Under Secretary, Planning and Evaluation Service in Washington, D.C. on July 12, 1994; database information was provided by Lenore Garcia on February 17, 1995.
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