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A comparison of the effectiveness of science education in Korea and South Africa : A multilevel analysis of TIMSS 2003 data

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  • A comparison of the effectiveness of science education in Korea and South Africa
  • Cho, Mee-Ok
  • University of Pretoria


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Title A comparison of the effectiveness of science education in Korea and South Africa
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A multilevel analysis of TIMSS 2003 data

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Cho, Mee-Ok

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[Pretoria, South Africa]:University of Pretoria

Date 2010-09
Pages 548
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
Holding University of Pretoria

Abstract

Science education becomes more important for future national development globally in high-technology-based society. In reaction to the trend, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) has conducted achievement tests in science along with mathematics, called TIMSS every four years. In TIMSS 2003, while Korea was a higher-performing country, South Africa was ranked in the lower-performing countries. Korea features homogenous demography, centralized curriculum, and competitive educational zeal while South Africa is characterized by multicultural demography with various languages, and previously segregated schools based on races. The current research, which is a secondary analysis of TIMSS 2003 data, aimed at explaining the differences and similarities by identifying factors most likely to influence science achievement in the two countries. A conceptual research framework was built on the comprehensive literature review which involved mainly school effectiveness research and factors related to science achievement. (The rest omitted)