Third International Mathematics and Science Study: First National Report Part 2

Wendy Keys, Cres Fernandes, Sue Harris

01 July 1997

Part 1 of this report compared the mathematics and science performance of 13-year old students in England with that of their counterparts in other countries. The main finding was that students in England performed relatively well in science but relatively badly in mathematics.

Part 2 of the report extends the findings of the first part of the report by comparing the responses of students and their teachers to the TIMSS questionnaires. Issues covered include:

  • Time allocated to mathematics and science lessons
  • Class size
  • Classroom organisation (whole class, group and individual teaching)
  • Homework
  • Use of calculators and computers
  • Teachers' and students' attitudes
  • Teachers' school-related activities out of school hours
  • Students' out of school activities.

This report is based on a national survey of nearly 3,700 students in 127 schools, which was part of a world-wide sample of nearly 300,000 students in approximately 6,000 schools in over 40 countries. It is essential reading for those concerned with the teaching of mathematics and science in secondary schools: teachers, governors, LEA advisory teams, policy makers and researchers.