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He, Jia; Van de Vijver, Fons J. R.; Kulikova, Alena – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2017
Linking country-level educational achievement with other country-level indicators has the potential to drive systemic educational changes, as these correlates may reflect characteristics relevant for policy-making decisions to improve educational effectiveness. This study establishes a nomological network of educational achievement at the country…
Descriptors: Correlation, Academic Achievement, Self Esteem, Achievement Tests
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Hwang, Jihyun; Runnalls, Cristina; Bhansali, Sneha; Navaandamba, Khajidsuren; Choi, Kyong Mi – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2017
This study investigated differences between the US and Finland in terms of how students' attitude is related to mathematical reasoning skills through the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011. Attitude towards mathematics was observed via 3 TIMSS contextual variables: liking mathematics, valuing mathematics, and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Comparative Education, Foreign Countries
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Konstantopoulos, Spyros; Shen, Ting – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2016
Class size reduction has been viewed as one school mechanism that can improve student achievement. Nonetheless, the literature has reported mixed findings about class size effects. We used 4th- and 8th-grade data from TIMSS 2003 and 2007 to examine the association between class size and mathematics achievement in public schools in Cyprus. We…
Descriptors: Class Size, Mathematics Achievement, Evidence, International Assessment
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Ainsworth, Hannah; Hewitt, Catherine E.; Higgins, Steve; Wiggins, Andy; Torgerson, David J.; Torgerson, Carole J. – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2015
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) can be at risk of bias. Using data from a RCT, we considered the impact of post-randomisation bias. We compared the trial primary outcome, which was administered blindly, with the secondary outcome, which was not administered blindly. From 44 schools, 522 children were randomised to receive a one-to-one maths…
Descriptors: Statistical Bias, Research Methodology, Science Experiments, Research Design
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Nilsen, Trude; Gustafsson, Jan-Eric – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2014
We study whether changes in school emphasis on academic success (SEAS) and safe schools (SAFE) may explain the increased science performance in Norway between TIMSS 2007 and 2011. Two-level structural equation modelling (SEM) of merged TIMSS data was used to investigate whether changes in levels of SEAS and SAFE mediate the changes in science…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Success, Science Achievement, Performance Based Assessment
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Lenkeit, Jenny; Caro, Daniel H. – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2014
Reports of international large-scale assessments tend to evaluate and compare education system performance based on absolute scores. And policymakers refer to high-performing and economically prosperous education systems to enhance their own systemic features. But socioeconomic differences between systems compromise the plausibility of those…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Socioeconomic Influences, Educational Policy
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Mills, Jamie D.; Holloway, Charles E. – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2013
This study investigated the relationship between student achievement in statistics and factors at the student and teacher/classroom levels using the US 8th-grade Data and Chance content domain from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, 2007 (TIMSS, 2007). Using variables that have been linked to mathematics and statistics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Statistics, Grade 8, Middle School Students
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Yu, Chong Ho – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2012
Many American authors expressed their concern that US competitiveness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is losing ground. Using the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007 data, this study investigated how academic self-concept and instrumental motivation influence science test performance among…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Tests, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries
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Scherman, Vanessa; Howie, Sarah J.; Bosker, Roel J. – Educational Research and Evaluation, 2011
In information-rich environments, schools are often presented with a myriad of data from which decisions need to be made. The use of the information on a classroom level may be facilitated if performance could be described in terms of levels of proficiency or benchmarks. The aim of this article is to explore benchmarks using data from a monitoring…
Descriptors: Standard Setting, Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Ability