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2010

Dr Sue Thomson

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Examining The Consequences For Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson Sep 2010

Examining The Consequences For Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

At the end of secondary school, most students complete a Year 12 certificate. The subjects that students choose to study for this certificate can have a major influence on the educational and career options open to them after finishing school. Dr Sue Thomson explains how particular subjects or subject combinations are more likely to act as gateways to higher education or to vocational education and training, while other combinations are more likely to lead to the workforce.


Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming Sep 2010

Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

In Australia, 10030 students in 414 schools participated in the main sample of TIMSS 2002/03. Results are reported as average scores with the standard error, as distributions of scores, and as percentages of students who attain the international benchmarks, for countries and specific groups of students within Australia.


Science Achievement In Australia : Evidence From National And International Surveys., Sue Thomson Sep 2010

Science Achievement In Australia : Evidence From National And International Surveys., Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

What can be said about science achievement in Australian schools? Does it really need a boost? Is science education in Australia engaging and motivating, or is the curriculum irrelevant and students disinterested? Are there particular issues for Indigenous students? Within the National Testing Program, Australia participates in two major international studies with a partial focus on science: the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), conducted with Year 4 and Year 8 students conducted with 15-year-old students. In addition, the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program provides evidence about the outcomes of education, and the TIMSS Science Video ...


Contextual Factors That Influence The Achievement Of Australia’S Indigenous Students: Results From Pisa 2000–2006, Lisa De Bortoli, Sue Thomson May 2010

Contextual Factors That Influence The Achievement Of Australia’S Indigenous Students: Results From Pisa 2000–2006, Lisa De Bortoli, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Results from international programs that assess the skills and knowledge of young people have indicated that Australia’s Indigenous students perform at a significantly lower level than non- Indigenous students. An in-depth comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students’ performance on the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) across three cycles is provided in an accompanying volume to this report, while the current report provides an understanding of how various aspects of students’ background and psychological constructs relate to each other and to student performance. Chapters 2 through 5 each focus on a different group of potential influences on the performance ...


Pathways From School To Further Education Or Work : Examining The Consequences Of Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson May 2010

Pathways From School To Further Education Or Work : Examining The Consequences Of Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Particular subjects or subject combinations are traditionally more likely to act as gateways to higher education or to vocational education and training, while other combinations are more likely to lead to the workforce or perhaps to unemployment. In general, tertiary or vocational qualifications facilitate the transition to work, and graduates earn significantly more than those who enter the workforce directly from school. However, some groups of students are less likely to participate in further education and training, including low achievers and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The literature has pointed to differences in curriculum participation according to background variables such ...


Pisa 2003 Australia : Ict Use And Familiarity At School And Home, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli May 2010

Pisa 2003 Australia : Ict Use And Familiarity At School And Home, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Highlights From Timss From Australia's Perspective: Highlights From The Full Australian Reports From The Trends In International Mathematics And Science Study 2002/03, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming May 2010

Highlights From Timss From Australia's Perspective: Highlights From The Full Australian Reports From The Trends In International Mathematics And Science Study 2002/03, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Exploring Scientific Literacy, Sue Thomson May 2010

Exploring Scientific Literacy, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Australia has a world-class education system, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment, as Sue Thomson explains. In 2006, more than 14 000 15-yearold students from 356 schools across Australia took part in the third cycle of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Schools were randomly selected from all schools in Australia and about 50 students were randomly selected for participation in each school. These students represented Australia in what has become known as the world’s biggest assessment, with a total of 400 000 students in 57 countries participating in PISA 2006, including ...


Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming May 2010

Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

In Australia, 10030 students in 414 schools participated in the main sample of TIMSS 2002/03. Results are reported as average scores with the standard error, as distributions of scores, and as percentages of students who attain the international benchmarks, for countries and specific groups of students within Australia.


Informing Science Pedagogy: Timss 2007 Australia And The World, Sue Thomson, Sarah Buckley May 2010

Informing Science Pedagogy: Timss 2007 Australia And The World, Sue Thomson, Sarah Buckley

Dr Sue Thomson

The main goal of TIMSS is to assist countries to monitor and evaluate their mathematics and science teaching across time and across year levels. TIMSS has a curriculum focus.

This report aims to provide teachers with more detailed information on Australian students’ capabilities in science in terms of the TIMSS assessment. A detailed assessment of Australian students’ performance can be found in the full report that was written to inform the educational community about Australian students’ performance on national and international scales.


Timss 2007: Taking A Closer Look At Mathematics And Science In Australia, Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Catherine Underwood, Marina Nicholas May 2010

Timss 2007: Taking A Closer Look At Mathematics And Science In Australia, Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Catherine Underwood, Marina Nicholas

Dr Sue Thomson

The Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2007) is the latest in a series of international studies of mathematics and science, conducted under the aegis of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The goal of TIMSS is to provide comparative information about educational achievement across countries to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. TIMSS measures trends in mathematics and science achievement at Year 4 and Year 8, as well as monitoring curricular implementation. Conducted on a regular four-year cycle, TIMSS has assessed mathematics and science in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. In addition ...


Summing It Up : Mathematics Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming May 2010

Summing It Up : Mathematics Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

This document analyses and interprets the Australian data collected as part of the TIMSS study for Year 4 and Year 8 students.