ERIC Number: ED093672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Variation Between Countries in Science Achievement.
Keeves, John P.
This paper reports comparisons between the science achievement of students in 19 countries based upon a survey conducted in 1970 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The mean level of achievement of the students in each participating country is examined in relation to both opportunity to learn the content tested, as stated by the teachers in the schools, and to the holding power of the school system. In addition, growth in science achievement test scores from one level to the next is examined across countries with respect to holding power and to indices of social selectivity of the educational system. Examined is the issue of whether holding a higher proportion of the students at school to the terminal stage is associated with a decline in the performance of the top 1 percent, 5 percent, and 9 percent of the age group. Particular emphasis is placed upon the performance of Australian students relative to the level of achievement in other countries. Since the evidence indicates a higher standard of science education in Australia, the author concludes that the future development of science courses in that country should rely less on imported products and more on materials prepared to suit Australian needs. (Author/JR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Educational Research, International Programs, School Holding Power, Science Education, Secondary School Science
Lawrence Verry, Inc., Mystic, Connecticut 96355
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Hawthorn (Australia).; Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers - Location: Australia