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Teaching mathematics in Australia : results from the TIMSS 1999 video study
TIMSS 1999
  • Jan Lokan, ACER
  • Barry McRae, ACER
  • Hilary Hollingsworth, ACER
Publication Date
TIMSS Australia monograph ; n.5 The national report is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing eight lessons (four from Australia and one from each of four other countries) which illustrates the report findings and provides a teacher resource.
The broad purpose of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) Video Study was to investigate and describe Year 8 mathematics and science teaching practices in a variety of countries. More specific aims included : development of objective, observational measures of classroom instruction to serve as quantitative indicators of teaching practices; comparison of teaching practices to identify similar or different lesson features across countries; and development of methods for reporting results of the study, including preparation of video cases for both research and professional development purposes. Australia's goals for participating in the study emphasised : obtaining authentic and rich information on mathematics teaching in Australian lower secondary schools; ascertaining the extent to which Australian mathematics teaching in 1999 reflected emphases in curriculum documents developed during the 1990s; viewing Australian teaching practices in relation to those Asian countries that were among the highest achieving countries on the TIMSS 1995 mathematics assessment; assembling an information base of classroom practice for professional development purposes; and taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from the study's innovative methodology. A secondary objective in Australia was to examine differences in content and pedagogy between high and low achieving classrooms.
Citation Information
Jan Lokan, Barry McRae and Hilary Hollingsworth. "Teaching mathematics in Australia : results from the TIMSS 1999 video study" (2003)
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