ERIC Number: ED336268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Science Achievement in the United States and Sixteen Countries: A Report to the Public.
Jacobson, Willard J.; Doran, Rodney L.
The Second International IEA Science Study (SISS) had participants from 24 countries. In this report the data collected in 17 countries are analyzed and reported. Students from the 5th, 9th, and 12th grades were tested. The results from achievement tests, student questionnaires, opinionnaires, a science teaching and learning inventory, a word knowledge test, a mathematics test, and science process laboratory tests were analyzed. In addition, teachers were asked to indicate the extent to which their students had an opportunity to learn the concepts tested by each question, and these opportunities to learn (OTL) results are given in this report. There also are summaries of the responses to a short teacher questionnaire and a school questionnaire completed by a principal or some other person who could provide data about the school. Countries include Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. Chapters include: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "How the Study Was Conducted"; (3) "Science Achievement in the Fifth Grade"; (4) "Science Achievement in the Ninth Grade"; (5) "Achievement in Biology"; (6) "Achievement in Chemistry"; (7) "Achievement in Physics"; (8) "Science Achievement in the 1970s and 1980s"; (9) "Sex and Science Achievement"; (10) "Science Process Laboratory Skills"; (11) "The Influences of School and Home"; (12) "Teachers and Teaching"; (13) "Teaching and Learning of Science"; (14) "The Opportunity to Learn"; (15) "Student Attitudes Toward Science and School"; and (16) "Toward a Better Science Education." (KR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Chemistry, Comparative Education, Educational Change, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 9, International Cooperation, Parent Influence, Physics, Process Education, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, New York, NY.