ERIC Number: ED431601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Gender and Socioeconomic Equity in Mathematics and Science Education: A Comparative Study.
Webster, Beverley J.; Young, Deidra J.; Fisher, Darrell L.
The purpose of this study was to use secondary analysis of a database known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) to examine the differences in a student's opportunity to learn mathematics and science and the differences in classroom teaching practices and delivery of the curriculum, and to investigate those variables associated with gender and socioeconomic equity in a student's mathematics and science achievement. The aim was to investigate mathematics and science achievement of 13-year-old students from four countries who participated in the TIMSS study--Australia, Canada, England and the United States--and to identify those aspects and practices of the educational systems in those countries that successfully promote student mathematics and science learning. Those factors associated with gender differences and socioeconomic differences were investigated using a multilevel model of analysis--that is, the random gender slope and the random socioeconomic status slope were both fully investigated. In order to achieve this goal, the TIMSS data were used and this study included the Australian, Canadian, English and U.S. TIMSS data. The usefulness of this research for enhancing the scientific and technological skills of a country is established both in terms of the quality and the uniqueness of the data, the untapped potential of the data bases, advanced statistical techniques, previous research experience, availability of expert advice and resources, the identification of gender and socioeconomic issues and the problem of lack of equity in mathematics and science achievement. Contains 47 references. (Author/WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study