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ERIC Number: EJ865138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Trends in TIMSS Responses over Time: Evidence of Global Forces in Education?
Rutkowski, Leslie; Rutkowski, David
Educational Research and Evaluation, v15 n2 p137-152 Apr 2009
In this article, the influence of global processes on international mathematics curricula as evidenced by item responses to 3 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) administrations (1995, 1999, and 2003) is considered. Based on Dale's (2000) argument, we set out to test 2 plausible impacts of global processes on education. It was hypothesized that a harmonization of educational policy (and thus curriculum) should be noticeable as increased similarity within educational outcomes. Using hierarchical cluster analysis and nonlinear principal component analysis, this paper attempts to address the following research questions: To what extent have students' responses on TIMSS become more similar over time; and, what do these changes suggest about 2 theories of globalization in education? Findings suggest that extranational forces appear to manifest regionally as opposed to globally. (Contains 7 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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