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Liou, Pey-Yan; Bulut, Okan – Research in Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine eighth-grade students' science performance in terms of two test design components, item format, and cognitive domain. The portion of Taiwanese data came from the 2011 administration of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), one of the major international large-scale assessments…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Science Achievement
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Reilly, David; Neumann, David L.; Andrews, Glenda – Research in Science Education, 2019
The underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related fields remains a concern for educators and the scientific community. Gender differences in mathematics and science achievement play a role, in conjunction with attitudes and self-efficacy beliefs. We report results from the 2011 Trends in…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Mathematics Achievement
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Frändberg, Birgitta; Lincoln, Per; Wallin, Anita – Research in Science Education, 2013
Explanations involving submicro levels of representation are central to science education, but known to be difficult for students in secondary school. This study examines students' written explanations of physical and chemical phenomena regarding matter and changes in matter, in a large-scale test. This is done in order to understand linguistic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Verbs, Vocabulary
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Selley, Nicholas J. – Research in Science Education, 2001
Studies students aged 12 to 14 years (n=217) representing a wide ability range. Analyzes the responses of participants to the dissolution of a solid in both cold and warm water. Findings have implications for the teaching of all science theory but especially for conveying the purpose of models and the process of modeling. (Contains 29 references.)…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions
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Fensham, Peter J. – Research in Science Education, 1998
A sample of Australian Year-12 students (n=16) who participated in the TIMSS testing were interviewed immediately after the test about their responses to test items. Students had trouble relating TIMSS questions to generalized aspects of everyday life and to school science topics. Students seemed to place little value on performing well on the…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Testing, Evaluation, Foreign Countries
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Venville, Grady; Wallace, John; Louden, William – Research in Science Education, 1998
Suggests that the results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) rank Western Australia as first in the world in science. Examines a statewide curriculum reform initiative that focuses on primary level science teacher leaders. Contains 27 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries