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Using TIMSS items to evaluate the effectiveness of different instructional practices
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7164-0924
Univ Gothenburg, Natl Ctr Math Educ, Gothenburg, Sweden..
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. Ostfold Univ Coll, Fac Educ, Halden, Norway..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3329-0177
2019 (English)In: Instructional science, ISSN 0020-4277, E-ISSN 1573-1952, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Can instructional quality be measured using TIMSS items on how often certain instructional practices are used in the mathematics classroom? We focused on three instructional practices that have been the topics of longstanding debates in the educational literature: memorizing formulas, listening to the teacher, and relating mathematics to daily life. In a multi-level multiple regression analysis, we examined how class-level responses to these items predicted mathematics achievement. In Sweden, across four waves of TIMSS, relating to daily life was a negative predictor of achievement, whereas memorizing formulas and listening to the teacher were positive predictors. This was also the typical pattern of results across all countries participating in two waves of the international TIMSS. Our findings are in line with certain positions on the abovementioned debates. Although conclusions are limited by the correlational nature of the data, we argue that TIMSS is a promising tool for evaluating the effectiveness of different instructional practices. We also suggest several improvements.

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SPRINGER , 2019. Vol. 47, no 1, p. 1-18
Keywords [en]
Instructional quality, TIMSS, Mathematics achievement, Student questionnaires
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42987DOI: 10.1007/s11251-018-9473-1ISI: 000457485600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055442280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-42987DiVA, id: diva2:1300646
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-10Bibliographically approved

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