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15-Up And Counting, Reading, Writing, Reasoning : How Literate Are Australian Students? : The Pisa 2000 Survey Of Students' Reading, Mathematical And Scientific Literacy Skills, Jan Lokan, Lisa Greenwood, John Cresswell Sep 2012

15-Up And Counting, Reading, Writing, Reasoning : How Literate Are Australian Students? : The Pisa 2000 Survey Of Students' Reading, Mathematical And Scientific Literacy Skills, Jan Lokan, Lisa Greenwood, John Cresswell

Dr John Cresswell (retired)

This report presents evidence on the performance in reading, mathematical and scientific literacy of 15 year old students, their schools and their countries, interpreted from an Australian perspective. It gives insights into factors that influence the development of these skills at home and at school, and discusses implications of the results for policy development. Chapter 5 focuses on results for the Australian states and territories and for other sub-national groups. Results achieved by Indigenous students and by students with language backgrounds other than English are included in this chapter. The sixth chapter describes the Australian PISA participants in some detail ...


Individualized Mathematics, Benjermin Giuliano Aug 2012

Individualized Mathematics, Benjermin Giuliano

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Given the high priority mathematics education holds in the United States, with regard to the importance of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) employment, and the continued meager performance of students, a sense of pressure for meaningful reform continues to increase. The study investigates the viability and effectiveness of an individualized math program known as Accelerated Math™ (AM) by Renaissance Learning ™ (RL). The objective was to determine the worthiness and practicality of AM, as a computer-based individualized program, in becoming the centrally featured curriculum for mathematics education. The study focuses on two participants. One was female elementary teacher in the ...


Effects Of An Inquiry-Based Science Program On Critical Thinking, Science Process Skills, Creativity, And Science Fair Achievement Of Middle School Students, Christopher M. Longo May 2012

Effects Of An Inquiry-Based Science Program On Critical Thinking, Science Process Skills, Creativity, And Science Fair Achievement Of Middle School Students, Christopher M. Longo

Education Dissertations

This study investigated the impact of an inquiry-based science program on the critical thinking skills, science process skills, creativity, and science fair achievement of middle school students. Although research indicates the connection between inquiry and achievement, there is limited empirical research relating specific inquiry-based programs to critical thinking, creativity, and science fair achievement in middle school classrooms.

The research took place in a small, suburban middle school in the northeast from November 2010 to May 2011. A sample of convenience was comprised of seventh and eighth grade students. The study was quasi-experimental in nature, with a pretest-posttest comparison group design ...


The Mathematics Portfolio: An Alternative Tool To Evaluate Students’ Progress, Marla A. Sole Apr 2012

The Mathematics Portfolio: An Alternative Tool To Evaluate Students’ Progress, Marla A. Sole

Publications and Research

This article describes the need for more thorough and varied forms of assessment to evaluate students’ level of understanding in mathematics. Portfolios are one type of assessment tool that, when added to a teacher’s repertoire can improve students’ comprehension and retention and enable students to monitor their own progress and to take more responsibility for their own learning. Portfolio assignments can also help students and teachers to detect and remedy weaknesses and misunderstandings and can increase students’ self-confidence in mathematics. This article discusses what a portfolio is, gives an example of a unit portfolio used in an undergraduate Finite ...