ERIC Number: ED402188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Achievements of Secondary 1 and Secondary 2 Pupils in Mathematics and Science: Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh.
This Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), carried out in 1995, collected information about pupils' knowledge and understanding of mathematics and science, mathematics and science curricula, and teaching and learning practices. Data collection instruments included tests in mathematics and science and questionnaires completed by schools, teachers, and pupils. This report summarizes the TIMSS results for secondary 1 and secondary 2 pupils (mostly 13-year-olds) in Scotland. Results are reported in two sections: mathematics and science. Each section includes performance, examples of test items, and Scottish features and international comparisons. Conclusions drawn include: Scotland's performance relative to the other TIMSS countries was poor, especially in mathematics; of the Pacific rim countries Singapore, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong did very well in mathematics, but the performance of Thailand was poorer; the gain in performance between secondary 1 and secondary 2 was quite large in Scotland in both mathematics and science, and Scottish pupils' performance was better on certain aspects of mathematics and science; in almost all countries boys did better than girls in science and the difference was significant; pupils experienced more mathematics teaching on average in Scotland but less than average in science; and more pupils were absent on a typical day in Scotland than in any other country. (JRH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Homework, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Sex Differences
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study