International assessments of science learning : their positive and negative contributions to science education
Fensham, Peter J. (2013) International assessments of science learning : their positive and negative contributions to science education. In Corrigan, Deborah, Gunstone, Richard, & Jones, Alister (Eds.) Valuing Assessment in Science Education : Pedagogy, Curriculum, Policy. Springer Science+Business Media B.V., London, pp. 11-31.
The establishment and continuity of two international comparative assessments of science learning—the IEA’s TIMSS project and the OECD’s PISA project—have meant that there are now high-status reference points for other national and more local approaches to assessing the efficacy of science teaching and learning. Both projects, albeit with very different senses of what the outcome of science learning should be, have contributed positively and negatively to the current state of assessment of school science. The TIMSS project looks back at the science that is commonly included in the curricula of the participating countries. It is thus not about established school science nor about innovations in it. PISA is highly innovative looking, prospectively forward to see how students can use their science learning in everyday life situations. In this chapter some of these positives and negatives are discussed.
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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Deposited On:||04 Dec 2013 00:35|
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