ERIC Number: EJ1118879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
The Predictive Effects of Motivation toward Learning Science on TIMSS Grade 8 Students' Science Achievement: A Comparative Study between Malaysia and Singapore
Lay, Yoon Fah; Chandrasegaran, A. L.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v12 n12 p2949-2959 Dec 2016
TIMSS routinely presents very powerful evidence showing that students with more positive motivation toward learning science have substantially higher achievement. The results from TIMSS 2011 are consistent with previous assessments. This study explored the predictive effects of motivation toward learning science on science achievement among Malaysian and Singaporean eighth graders who participated in the TIMSS 2011. In this study, students' interest in and liking of learning science, students' understanding about the importance and the usefulness of the science subject, and students' self-confidence or self-concept in their ability to learn science were measured. Secondary data of the study were obtained from 5,733 Malaysian students and 5,927 Singaporean students who participated in the TIMSS 2011. The results of the present study indicated that eighth-graders' liking and valuing of learning science were positively associated with Malaysian and Singaporean Grade 8 students' science achievement.
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Mathematics Tests, Science Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Science Tests, Grade 8, Motivation, Science Education, Comparative Analysis, Science Instruction, Constructivism (Learning), Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia; Singapore
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study