ERIC Number: ED347089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The 1990 British Columbia Mathematics Assessment: Technical Report.
Robitaille, David F., Ed.
This book presents the results of the fourth British Columbia Mathematics Assessment conducted in the spring of 1990. Students in Grades 4, 7, and 10 (approximately 120,000) were asked to provide information about themselves, to express their opinions about school-related experiences, and to demonstrate their ability to do the mathematics prescribed in the recently revised provincial mathematics curriculum. Mathematics teachers (approximately 4,500) were asked to provide information about their personal and professional backgrounds, about the kinds of teaching practices they employed, and about the extent to which they followed the curriculum. The book is organized into eight chapters written by six curriculum and mathematics specialists. Chapter 1 (David Robitaille) provides the scope and organization of the assessment. Chapter 2 (Alan Taylor and David Robitaille) describes the process used to develop the instrumentation used to collect information from the students and teachers and how the results were interpreted. Chapter 3 (Valerie Overgaard and David Robitaille) describes results from the teacher questionnaires, and chapters 4, 5, and 6 (by Thomas Schroeder, Leslie Dukowski, and Alan Taylor respectively) report the achievement results from identified curriculum strands and problem solving, and students' attitudes and opinions for grades 4, 7, and 10. Chapter 7 (Walter Szetela) reports results on problem-solving performance, providing cross-grade comparisons, results by gender, and attitudes toward problem solving. A concluding chapter by David Robitaille identifies and discusses four areas of concern that need improvement: (1) participation of women; (2) implementation of the curriculum; (3) teaching methods; (4) student outcomes. Appendices include a lists of contributors to the report, committees, review panels, tables of results, student achievement items for grades 4, 7, and 10, student background questionnaires, and teachers' questionnaires. (MDH)
Descriptors: Algebra, Attitude Measures, Cognitive Measurement, Foreign Countries, Geometry, Grade 10, Grade 4, Grade 7, High Schools, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Number Concepts, Problem Solving, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.
Identifiers - Location: Canada