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ERIC Number: ED406128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Pages: 164
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-88685-121-1
Learning Science.
Lapointe, Archie E.; And Others
This publication reports the results of the second International Assessment of Educational Progress for science. Twenty countries assessed the mathematics and science achievement of 13-year-old students and 14 countries assessed 9-year-old students in these same subjects. In some cases, participants assessed virtually all age-eligible children in their countries and in other cases they confined samples to certain geographic regions, language groups, or grade levels. In some countries, significant proportions of age-eligible children were not represented because they did not attend school. The following countries participated: Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Mozambique, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Soviet Union, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States. Some of the reported highlights from the study are as follows: (1) in nearly all populations 13-year-old boys performed significantly better than girls; (2) science tests and quizzes are used most frequently in Taiwan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Jordan; (3) the highest-achieving countries with the exception of Taiwan do not practice ability grouping within science classes at age 13; and (4) 13-year-olds in most countries do not spend a great deal of time doing science homework. (PR)
Center for the Assessment of Educational Programs (CAEP), Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541-0001.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Center for the Assessment of Educational Progress.