ERIC Number: EJ1145283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
How International Studies Contributed to Educational Theory and Methods through Measurement of Opportunity to Learn Mathematics
Suter, Larry E.
Research in Comparative and International Education, v12 n2 p174-197 Jun 2017
The international comparative studies in 1959 were conducted by International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) researchers who recognized that differences in student achievement measures in mathematics across countries could be caused by differences in curricula. The measurements of opportunity to learn (OTL) grew from a small effort in 1959 to a much larger efforts by 1995 to explain whether countries with high achievement were more likely to teach advanced mathematics. In general, the relationship of coverage of a mathematics topic was weakly related to the level of mathematics performance, but did have some effect on growth. This paper finds that differences in measurement methods of OTL across the studies greatly affected the outcome of the relationship. Recent Program for International Student Achievement (PISA) analyses indicate that the relationship between OTL and student achievement might be described as a curvilinear relationship. Countries with lower achievement are more likely to be affected by curriculum coverage than are high-performing countries.
Descriptors: International Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Opportunities, Mathematics Instruction, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students, Test Items, Pretests Posttests, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Tests, Science Achievement, Science Tests, Educational Theories, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement Tests; Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study