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National Differences, Global Similarities


reviewed by Ronald S. Byrnes — 2006

coverTitle: National Differences, Global Similarities
Author(s): David P. Baker, & Gerald K. LeTendre
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804750211, Pages: 194, Year: 2005
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It is important that book reviewers be mindful of how their subjectivity inevitably shapes their perspectives. Initially, given my background as a social studies educator most familiar with qualitative research, I wondered whether I would understand, let alone enjoy and fully appreciate David P. Baker’s and Gerald K. LeTendre’s National Differences, Global Similarities, a four-year quantitative study of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) data, a massive amount of information collected in 1993 from fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades across forty-one nations. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised that I not only understood but also enjoyed the text, which deepened my understanding of several important global trends in schooling; as a result, I wholeheartedly recommend it to other people irrespective of their backgrounds in education. In the preface, Baker and LeTendre explain that the book is written for “the scholar of education, the educational policy-maker, the educator,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 841-844
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12164, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:49:48 PM

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  • Ronald Byrnes
    Pacific Lutheran University
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    RONALD S. BYRNES is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Ron has lived and taught in Ethiopia and China. His research interests include international education, cultural globalization, and education reform. Ron’s most recent publications are a high school curriculum titled “Exploring Cultural Conflicts: Journey’s for Peace,” an Education Week essay, “To Improve High Schools, Listen to the Insights of Students,” and a Frontiers journal essay, “Towards Other-regarding Travel.”
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