ERIC Number: EJ1132814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Inclusion of Geography in TIMSS: Can Consensus Be Reached?
Bourke, Terri; Lane, Rod
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v26 n2 p166-176 2017
An initial call by the editors of International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education prompted a study about the inclusion of geography in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) tests. This study found that the geography education community were overwhelmingly in favour of such a move, believing that the information collected would be valuable in enhancing learning outcomes through its impact on research, policy and teaching practice. However, a number of questions about the development and implementation of this assessment were posed. This paper addresses two of these questions: (1) what is the global geographical education community's views about Grades 4 and 8 as target year levels for the assessment?; and (2) what types of knowledge and cognitive dimensions would they like to see assessed? Based on these findings, the overarching key question that requires further discussion is: can there be some degree of consensus in terms of what should be assessed and how the test should be implemented?
Descriptors: Inclusion, Geography, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Science Tests, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Tests, Teacher Attitudes, Grade 4, Grade 8, Test Items, Surveys, Taxonomy, Student Evaluation, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study