Zeng Kun-yang (1988)

Zeng Kun-yang (1988). Zhong Mei Ri xiao xue ke xue jiao yu zhi bi jiao yan jiu.(A comparative research on primary science education in Taiwan, United States and Japan). Tai-bei: Shui niu tu shu chu ban shi ye you xian gong si

An overview of the book (163 English words): It is an inspiring book with a comparative study of primary science education in Taiwan, United States and Japan. Key elements of juxtaposed comparisons included the evolutionary development, objectives, number of lessons, curricular content and scope, textbooks, financing, teacher quality and pedagogy, teaching guidelines and evaluation of primary education. In conclusion, some policy recommendations are made for improving primary science education in Taiwan. The books is composed of seven chapters. Chapter 1 lays down the motives, rationales, objectives, scope, methodology and logic of the cross-national research on primary science education with some theoretical background of educational psychology like J. Piaget’s developmental psychology, J. S. Bruner’s learning by discovery and R. M. Gagne’s problem-solving approach in chapter 2. Chapters 3-5 respectively provide a description and an interpretation of key elements of primary science education in United States, Japan and Taiwan, with a juxtaposed cross-national comparison in chapter 6. A conclusion about policy recommendations on individual key elements in Taiwan is reached in chapter 7.

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