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Turner, Kristina; Pale, Maryanne – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
In recent years many policy and curriculum reforms aimed at improving Australian students' literacy and numeracy levels have been introduced into schools and in initial teacher education. Despite this, the Australian National Assessment Plan, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data indicates that there has been little or no improvement in Australian…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Scores, National Competency Tests
Prusinski, Ellen; Hastedt, Dirk; Dohr, Sandra – International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2019
In TIMSS 2015, while two-thirds of students in grade 4 reported feeling very safe at school, by grade 8, less than half of the students surveyed reported feeling a high level of safety. Overall, girls were more likely to report feeling safe than boys. For both genders, feeling safe at school seemed to be positively related to academic achievement…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, School Safety, Student Attitudes, Gender Differences
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Falkner, Katrina; Vivian, Rebecca; Williams, Sally-Ann – Computer Science Education, 2018
Computer Science (CS) curricula are being adopted worldwide. However, the lack of prior teaching training within this area means that we have an urgent need to provide teacher professional development. Best practice teacher professional development motivates us to construct interactive and sustainable models of professional development. However,…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Curriculum, Faculty Development, Best Practices
Meinck, Sabine; Stancel-Piatak, Agnes; Verdisco, Aimee – International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2018
Prior research shows that establishing early literacy and numeracy skills may help children achieve better outcomes in later schooling. Data from the Regional Project on Child Development Indicators (PRIDI), which focused on Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru, provided insights into four domains of child development that build the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Numeracy, Family Environment, Parent Influence
Kitchen, Hannah; Fordham, Elizabeth; Henderson, Kirsteen; Looney, Anne; Maghnouj, Soumaya – OECD Publishing, 2017
Romania's education system has made impressive strides over the past two decades, with an increasing share of students mastering the basic competencies that they need for life and work. But these average improvements mask significant disparities in learning outcomes and attainment, with an increasing share of students leaving education early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation
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Nicholas, Maria; Wells, Muriel – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
Research into the experiences of casual relief teachers (CRTs) (substitute or supply teachers) across Australia and internationally has reported feelings of marginalisation among participants. These findings are concerning when one considers that students might be in the care of CRTs for an equivalent of 1 year or more throughout their schooling.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Substitute Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Skills
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Gallagher, Tiffany L.; Bennett, Sheila; Keen, Deb; Muspratt, Sandy – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
The Learning and Engagement Questionnaire (LEQ) measures instructional and environmental variables associated with learner engagement. The present study sought to determine the suitability of the LEQ to measure learner engagement with a sample of Canadian teachers and to further investigate the factorial structure in comparison with the Australian…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires
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Halpin, Patricia A. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2017
Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week is an annual science outreach program sponsored by the American Physiological Society in which K-12 students learn about physiology through meeting a physiologist and performing an experiment. Performing PhUn Week at an Australian private primary school during a family vacation in 2014 enabled me to receive a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Elementary Schools, International Programs
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Webb, Mary; Davis, Niki; Bell, Tim; Katz, Yaacov J.; Reynolds, Nicholas; Chambers, Dianne P.; Syslo, Maciej M. – Education and Information Technologies, 2017
In this paper we have examined the position and roles of Computer Science in curricula in the light of recent calls for curriculum change and we have proposed principles and issues to consider in curriculum design as well as identifying priority areas for further research. The paper is based on discussions within and beyond the International…
Descriptors: Computer Science, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Primary Education
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Long, Caroline; Wendt, Heike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
South Africa participated in TIMSS from 1995 to 2015. Over these two decades, some positive changes have been reported on the aggregated mathematics performance patterns of South African learners. This paper focuses on the achievement patterns of South Africa's high-performing Grade 9 learners (n = 3378) in comparison with similar subsamples of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Multiplication, Comparative Education
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Spina, Nerida – English in Education, 2017
The global neoliberal context and the emergence of new forms of 'governance by numbers' is now recognized as a ubiquitous educational phenomenon. In this context, large-scale assessments such as are used to justify marketised ideals of education that rely on comparison by numbers. In Australia, one of the key arguments for large scale standardised…
Descriptors: Governance, Neoliberalism, Achievement Tests, International Assessment
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Narayan, Nilesh Anish – Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 2016
The main purpose of this study is to assess the construct validity of Australian eighth grade mathematics teachers' perceptions towards their career satisfaction, their teaching practice and the everyday challenges encountered in schools. The data were utilised from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study where a total of 802…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Zhang, Qinqiong; Stephens, Max – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
In the official curriculum documents of many countries, statistical thinking have become part of the mainstream in school curriculum. We argue that teacher capacity is a key dimension in realizing essential goals for developing students' statistical literacy, reasoning and thinking in practical teaching. In this paper, a construct of Teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Teacher Characteristics, Statistics
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Thompson, Greg; Mockler, Nicole – Journal of Educational Administration and History, 2016
Historically, school leaders have occupied a somewhat ambiguous position within networks of power. On the one hand, they appear to be celebrated as what Ball (2003) has termed the "new hero of educational reform"; on the other, they are often "held to account" through those same performative processes and technologies. These…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Administrator Role, Ethics
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Arikan, Serkan; van de Vijver, Fons J. R.; Yagmur, Kutlay – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
Large-scale studies, such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), provide data to understand cross-national differences and similarities. In this study, we aimed to identify factors predicting mathematics achievement of Turkish students by comparing to Australian students. First, construct equivalence and item bias…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Mathematics Achievement, Performance Factors
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