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Context or culture : can TIMSS and PISA teach us about what determines educational achievement in science?

Fensham, Peter J. (2007) Context or culture : can TIMSS and PISA teach us about what determines educational achievement in science? In Atweh, Bill, Calabrese Barton, Angela, Borba, Marcelo C., Gough, Noel, Keitel, Christine, Vistro-Yu, Catherine, et al. (Eds.) Internationalisation and Globalisation in Mathematics and Science Education. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 151-172.

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Abstract

Most mainstream researchers in science education are weak in their inclusion of the wider educational, personal and social contexts in which their studies have been conducted. The TIMSS and PISA projects, on the other hand, have both had the status and resources to include a great deal of data about these wider contexts, nationally and cross-nationally. The success and failure of these projects in relation to elucidating strong relations between contextual constructs and science achievement is considered. The methodological choices of these cross national studies and the theoretical perspective they have adopted for these interactions are critically appraised. An alternative approach is then explored.

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ID Code: 15217
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Influence of context, science achievement, culture of science education, international comparative studies
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-5908-7_9
ISBN: 9781402059070
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:08

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