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Real world contexts in PISA science : implications for context-based science education

Fensham, Peter J. (2009) Real world contexts in PISA science : implications for context-based science education. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(8), pp. 884-896.

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Abstract

The PISA assessment instruments for students’ scientific literacy in 2000, 2003 and 2006 have each consisted of units made up of a real world context involving Science and Technology, about which students are asked a number of cognitive and affective questions. This paper discusses a number of issues from this use of S&T contexts in PISA and the implications they have for the current renewed interest in context-based science education. Suitably chosen contexts can engage both boys and girls. Secondary analyses of the students’ responses using the contextual sets of items as the unit of analysis provides new information about the levels of performance in PISA 2006 Science. .Embedding affective items in the achievement test did not lead to gender/context interactions of significance, and context interactions were less than competency ones. A number of implications for context-based science teaching and learning are outlined and the PISA 2006 Science test is suggested as a model for its assessment.

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ID Code: 28054
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Context-based teaching, Socio-scientific issues, Assessment, Interest in science
DOI: 10.1002/tea.20334
ISSN: 0022-4308
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2009 13:32
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 17:58

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