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ERIC Number: EJ1204590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb-15
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-4277
Using TIMSS Items to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Different Instructional Practices
Eriksson, Kimmo; Helenius, Ola; Ryve, Andreas
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v47 n1 p1-18 Feb 2019
Can instructional quality be measured using TIMSS items on how often certain instructional practices are used in the mathematics classroom? We focused on three instructional practices that have been the topics of longstanding debates in the educational literature: memorizing formulas, listening to the teacher, and relating mathematics to daily life. In a multi-level multiple regression analysis, we examined how class-level responses to these items predicted mathematics achievement. In Sweden, across four waves of TIMSS, relating to daily life was a negative predictor of achievement, whereas memorizing formulas and listening to the teacher were positive predictors. This was also the typical pattern of results across all countries participating in two waves of the international TIMSS. Our findings are in line with certain positions on the abovementioned debates. Although conclusions are limited by the correlational nature of the data, we argue that TIMSS is a promising tool for evaluating the effectiveness of different instructional practices. We also suggest several improvements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study