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Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2021
The most recent OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey enables educators, policy makers and the wider community to compare Australian students with each other, as well as with their counterparts across the world. PISA measures the extent to which 15-year-old students near the end of compulsory education have acquired the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, World Affairs, Climate, Change
Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2018
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a large-scale comparison of the reading performance of Year 4 students in 50 countries, and Year 4 was chosen because it is the point in schooling where most students transition from 'learning to read' to 'reading to learn'. As the essential nature of their relationship with reading…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, Achievement Tests
Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2015
Young people face financial issues at an earlier age than their parents. Decisions about higher education, the need to be able to manage online payment facilities or even mobile phone plans require a level of financial literacy. PISA 2012 offered an opportunity to collect information about the financial literacy of Australian 15-year-old students,…
Descriptors: Literacy, Adolescent Development, Adolescent Attitudes, Comparative Analysis
Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2015
This century has seen continued exponential growth in the use of digital technologies. In Australia, the proportion of students having access to a computer at home rose from about 91 per cent in 2000 to over 99 per cent in 2013, and access to the internet grew from 67 per cent in 2000 to 98 per cent in 2013. According to the 2013 report on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Information Literacy, Educational Resources
Thomson, Sue; De Bortoli, Lisa – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2007
As countries continue to invest in information and communication technologies (ICT) and they become even more common in the workplace, there is an increasing demand for schools to produce technologically literate students. This report presents results from the "Programme for International Student Assessment" (PISA) 2003, and examines how…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Foreign Countries, Geographic Location, Socioeconomic Background
Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
This research study investigated the patterns of course choice in Year 12, and the consequences of these choices. The literature has pointed to differences in curriculum participation according to background variables such as social background and gender. If these choices lead to different but equal outcomes then there is no problem: there are…
Descriptors: Grade 12, Course Selection (Students), Postsecondary Education, Student Participation
Thomson, Sue; Cresswell, John; De Bortoli, Lisa – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2004
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. The overall aim of PISA is to measure how well 15-year-olds approaching the end of their compulsory schooling are prepared for meeting the challenges they will face in their lives beyond school.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Educational Objectives, Comparative Analysis