Opportunities and difficulties for students’ engagement in PISA Science items

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Title Opportunities and difficulties for students’ engagement in PISA Science items
Author(s) Serder, Margareta ; Sörensen, Helene ; Jakobsson, Anders
Date 2011
English abstract
This paper presents an empirical study on how 15-year old students engage in and discuss three PISA science items. The purpose is to describe and raise questions about what the students’ written answers on a PISA assessment may represent, in the light of how the 71 students in this study understand and choose to answer questions in the test. Departing from a socio cultural perspective on knowledge and action (Säljö, 2000), we chose a design where the students worked with the items in small groups, allowing us to study their conversations in action. We have analyzed the video recorded material in order to describe what difficulties and opportunities the students may meet in PISA. Our results indicate problems with interpretations of the tasks due to translation, to the meaning potential of many of the words used in the text and to the context provided by the items.
Publisher Linköpings Universitet
Pages 1-3
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) science education
assessment
sociocultural perspective
PISA
written tests
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note NFSUN, Linköping, 14-16 Juni 2011
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13504 Permalink to this page
Link http://www.liu.se/nfsun2011/?l=sv (external link to related web page)

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