ERIC Number: ED431020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Student Progress in Australian Schools: A Multilevel Multivariate Model.
Young, Deidra J.
A study undertaken in Western Australia, the Western Australian School Effectiveness Study, explored the characteristics of effective high schools by investigating factors influencing science and mathematics achievement. A multilevel analytical model was used in the longitudinal study that focused on 1,024 students in 21 rural and urban high schools. The study confirms, as other research in Australia has suggested, that most variation in student achievement appears to be at the classroom and student level, with negligible amounts at the school level, particularly when prior achievement and student background effects are included in the model. When the classroom effects were studied, student aggregates appeared to be stronger than teacher effects. This study suggests that it is the classroom composite of peers that influences individual student achievement, rather than the particular teacher effects. An appendix discusses the variables and scales used in the analysis. (Contains 5 tables and 57 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Australian Research Council.
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Identifiers - Location: Australia