Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Unreported PISA finding

Here is Greg Ashman

"To me, the story was obvious. Whatever your view of the validity of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), there was clearly one newsworthy finding: the use of inquiry learning is associated with worse performance in science."

"This is newsworthy precisely because it is the opposite of what we often hear in the media. If you peruse the many articles about how to improve Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) performance, they invariably promote ways of better engaging students with science. And the solution for better engagement is usually variations of inquiry learning."

"Yet I saw no articles in the press that publicised the inquiry learning finding following the release of the PISA results. In fact, one piece in the Ages actually promoted more inquiry learning as the solution to Austrialia’s PISA decline."

"Professor Corrigan of Monash University is quoted as saying:"
"While the facts of science are important, recognising the way that you do science is equally important and that leads to better performance in PISA, which is about scientific literacy."
"This is the opposite of what PISA found."

"Why is this? What’s going on?"

Here is one possibility:
The Inter Academy Panel on International Issues, which represents over 100 National Science Academies, has been implementing a global Science Education Program which has the objective of improving science education at the pre-university levels in all countries and regions of the world. The IAP Science Education Program has specifically opted for the promotion of the inquiry-based science education (IBSE) approach.

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