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The Teaching Gap

The Teaching Gap

Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom

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Ten years after its first publication, The Teaching Gap remains "a critical resource" (Publishers Weekly) for anyone involved in education. In paperback for the first time, it has been fully revised and includes a new preface and afterword by the authors.

American schools have famously lagged behind foreign schools in all areas of academic achievement. When James W. Stigler and James Hiebert made their assessment of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ten years ago, they discovered that the problem with American education is neither one of testing nor curricula, but teaching. A clarion call for treating teaching like the craft it is, The Teaching Gap lays out a clear program for change that administrators, teachers, and parents can implement together. Newly updated with fresh teaching solutions drawn from new research, this educational classic is as vital a teaching tool as ever.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439143131 | 
  • June 2009
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Chapter One: The Teaching Gap
Conditions for improving education in the United States are more favorable today than they have been in a generation. Both politicians and the public recognize that education needs to be improved. Bad news from international comparisons of student achievement is no longer seen as esoteric by the American public; these days it is on the front page and a linchpin of many politicians' stump speeches. In our increasingly global economy, citizens see direct evidence that America's future will depend on the education of its workforce, and they are determined to compete. Education has become a high priority among the... see more

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