Module 2A: What Does TIMSS Say about Curriculum?

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Module 2A: What Does TIMSS Say about Curriculum? Slides

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Goals To establish that curriculum matters To explore what TIMSS tells us about mathematics and science curriculums around the world To understand what makes curriculum focused and coherent To identify issues for further reflection and dialogue and possible actions to improve the mathematics and science curriculums in participants’ own schools, districts, or higher education institutions

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Agenda Making Meaning of TIMSS Data Questions Raised by the Data Key Findings about Curriculum Issues for Reflection and Dialogue

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide What Does TIMSS Say about Curriculum?

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide What do we mean by curriculum? Content that is intended and taught Organization of the content

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Time and Tracking Time spent studying mathematics and science Different exposure to content and skills Expectations for students to learn mathematics and science

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Is this the mathematics and science education we want for U.S. children?

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide What can be done? Examine the focus of your curriculum. Increase curriculum depth in some areas. Look for opportunities to link new learning to what children already know. Check alignment of curriculum with national or state standards.

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide How do we get there? Teachers Parents Administrators Textbook Publishers Higher Education Faculty Test Developers

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Implications for Action Increase the coherence of the curriculum by pointing out the connections among topics. Develop a curriculum framework based on the NCTM Standards and the National Science Education Standards that identifies where and how fundamental concepts and ideas are developed K–12. Assess the quality of the curriculum. How rigorous is it? To what extent does it encourage students to study topics in depth? How closely does it align with the content in the NSES and NCTM Standards? Others:

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Global Perspectives for Local Action: Using TIMSS to Improve U.S. Mathematics and Science Education - Professional Development Guide Wrap Up An insight you have gained. An action you intend to take.

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