ERIC Number: ED448166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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Scoring above the International Average: A Logistic Regression Model of the TIMSS Advanced Mathematics Exam.
Schreiber, James B.
The student variables associated with scoring above the international mean on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) were studied in a group of U.S. students who took advanced mathematics or advanced mathematics and physics. The total sample was 2,349, with 1,158 females and 1,191 males. Formal parent education level and gender were significantly associated with scoring above the international mean, showing that this traditionally observed disparity still exists. Students enrolled in both advanced mathematics and advanced physics were three times as likely to score above the international average as students enrolled only in advanced mathematics. Results show that the more a student believed that natural talent was the key to mathematics success, the more likely the student scored above the international average, and the less a student believed that hard work was the key to mathematics success, the more likely the student scored over the international average. In addition, scoring above the international average was associated with more time studying and less time in nonacademic activities. The most disturbing finding from the study may be that only 26% of the most advanced students scored above the international mean, suggesting that the most advanced students in the Untied States are not reaching the level one would expect. An appendix lists the variables considered. (Contains 39 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study