Highlights from TIMSS 2007: From Australia's Perspective

Type Book
Title Highlights from TIMSS 2007: From Australia's Perspective
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Publisher ACER
URL https://www.acer.edu.au/files/TIMSS_2007-AustraliaHighlights.pdf
In 2007, Australia participated in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
(TIMSS 2007). TIMSS 2007 is the fourth in a cycle of internationally comparative assessments
conducted under the aegis of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational
Achievement (IEA) dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science for
students around the world.
Carried out every four years at Year 4 and Year 8, TIMSS provides data about trends in
mathematics and science achievement over time. In Australia, TIMSS is part of MCEETYA’s
National Assessment Program.
To inform educational policy in the participating countries, this world-wide assessment and
research project also routinely collects extensive background information that addresses concerns
about the quantity, quality, and content of instruction.
The internationally standard Student Questionnaire sought information on students and their
family background, aspects of learning and instruction in science, and context of instruction.
The Teacher Questionnaire examined a variety of issues related to qualifications, pedagogical
practices, teaching styles, use of technology, assessment and assignment of homework, and
classroom climate.
The School Questionnaire, answered by the principal, sought descriptive information about the
school and information about instructional practices. For example, questions were asked about
recruitment of teachers and numbers of staff, teacher morale, school and teacher autonomy

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