The choice of the subject matter was driven by recognizing the effort for improvement of scientific and technical education in many countries, at the basis of which lies learning mathematics. The so-called “New Mathematics”, as an indication of an international agreement on what essential new material should be included in the curriculum, had been introduced in some of the participating education systems.
The FIMS research questions were related to the organization, selection, and differentiation of educational systems; the curriculum and methods of instruction; and the sociological, technological, and economic characteristics of families, schools, and societies. The instruments included a student test, a student opinion booklet, and background questionnaires for students, teachers, school principals, and experts on education in the participating countries. The data were collected in 1964.
The target populations were 13-year-old students, 13-year-old grade-level students, and pre-university students.
Participating Educational Systems
Australia, Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany (FRG), Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, United States.
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