ERIC Number: ED350354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Learning about the World.
As a step toward acquiring international measures of geographic competence of students, an optional geography component was included in the second International Assessment of Educational Progress. Nine of the 20 countries participating in the assessment included the geography component, including 8 provinces. In each country a representative sample of 13-year-olds was assessed, a total of about 3,300 students. The assessment contained 24 content-area questions and 14 background questions covering geographic skills and tools, physical geography, and cultural geography. National differences in performance on the geography probe were less pronounced than they were in the mathematics and science portions of the assessment. Overall, students performed better on questions involving map reading and chart reading than on questions that combined use of such skills with prior knowledge of geographic vocabulary, process, or location. There were consistent relationships between books in the home, family size, and leisure reading and achievement, but the relationship of television and time spent on homework to achievement was less clear. Issues in developing and administering similar international assessments are discussed. Eleven figures, 12 tables, 15 sample test questions, a procedural appendix, and a data appendix are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Family Environment, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction, Homework, International Studies, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Map Skills, Recreational Reading, Social Studies, Television Viewing
Center for the Assessment of Educational Progress, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541-0001.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Center for the Assessment of Educational Progress.