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Table 407. Percentage distribution of mathematics lesson time spent by eighth-grade students on various activities in a typical week, by country: 2007
Country or other jurisdiction Reviewing homework Listening to lecture-style presenta-tions Working problems with teacher's guidance Working problems on their own without teacher's guidance Listening to teacher re-teach and clarify content/ procedures Taking tests or quizzes Participating in classroom management tasks not related to the lesson's content/purpose Other student activities
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
International average 11   (0.1) 20   (0.1) 21   (0.1) 16   (0.1) 12   (0.1) 10   (0.1) 5   (0.1) 5   (0.1)
                                               
Algeria1 11   (0.6) 15   (1.2) 21   (1.2) 15   (1.0) 18   (1.0) 10   (0.8) 5   (0.4) 5   (0.6)
Armenia 10   (0.4) 23   (0.9) 19   (0.6) 16   (0.6) 11   (0.4) 10   (0.4) 5   (0.3) 5   (0.7)
Australia 7   (0.3) 17   (0.8) 23   (1.0) 24   (1.2) 10   (0.5) 7   (0.3) 8   (0.5) 4   (0.4)
Bahrain2 11   (0.3) 23   (0.6) 18   (0.7) 12   (0.3) 15   (0.8) 11   (0.3) 6   (0.2) 6   (0.3)
Bosnia and Herzegovina2 7   (0.4) 29   (1.5) 24   (1.0) 15   (0.7) 11   (0.6) 7   (0.5) 3   (0.3) 4   (0.5)
                                               
Botswana2 13   (0.9) 13   (0.8) 20   (1.0) 21   (1.2) 10   (0.6) 10   (0.8) 6   (0.4) 6   (0.7)
Bulgaria 8   (0.4) 19   (1.1) 26   (1.0) 17   (0.7) 9   (0.4) 14   (0.6) 3   (0.3) 3   (0.3)
Chinese Taipei 13   (0.6) 41   (1.3) 13   (0.6) 7   (0.4) 10   (0.7) 8   (0.3) 5   (0.5) 3   (0.3)
Colombia 10   (0.3) 17   (0.9) 21   (0.8) 17   (0.7) 12   (0.7) 12   (0.5) 6   (0.4) 5   (0.5)
Cyprus2 20   (0.6) 17   (0.6) 23   (0.6) 12   (0.4) 10   (0.3) 9   (0.2) 7   (0.2) 4   (0.3)
                                               
Czech Republic 6   (0.3) 20   (0.6) 25   (0.8) 21   (0.7) 9   (0.3) 11   (0.4) 4   (0.3) 4   (0.3)
Egypt2 10   (0.4) 25   (1.2) 17   (0.7) 14   (0.8) 11   (0.5) 9   (0.4) 6   (0.4) 7   (0.4)
El Salvador 10   (0.5) 13   (0.8) 22   (0.8) 20   (0.8) 14   (0.6) 10   (0.5) 6   (0.4) 5   (0.3)
England3 6   (0.3) 17   (0.6) 28   (1.2) 23   (1.2) 11   (0.7) 4   (0.3) 7   (0.5) 4   (0.5)
Georgia4 11   (0.5) 21   (1.0) 19   (0.6) 15   (0.7) 11   (0.4) 12   (0.5) 5   (0.4) 6   (0.4)
                                               
Ghana2 12   (0.6) 16   (1.0) 18   (0.7) 15   (0.7) 11   (0.6) 15   (0.7) 8   (0.5) 6   (0.4)
Hong Kong SAR3,5 11   (0.7) 35   (1.6) 16   (0.9) 13   (0.8) 10   (0.4) 8   (0.4) 4   (0.4) 3   (0.4)
Hungary 11   (0.4) 12   (0.7) 27   (0.9) 22   (0.8) 9   (0.5) 11   (0.3) 4   (0.3) 4   (0.4)
Indonesia1 11   (0.5) 20   (1.0) 19   (0.9) 15   (0.8) 11   (0.6) 14   (0.7) 6   (0.3) 6   (0.5)
Iran, Islamic Republic of 11   (0.5) 16   (0.8) 19   (0.8) 14   (0.7) 16   (0.8) 11   (0.5) 7   (0.5) 7   (0.4)
                                               
Israel1,6 14   (0.5) 16   (1.0) 22   (0.7) 19   (0.8) 11   (0.4) 10   (0.6) 5   (0.3) 3   (0.5)
Italy 16   (0.6) 22   (0.6) 18   (0.6) 12   (0.4) 14   (0.5) 11   (0.5) 5   (0.3) 3   (0.3)
Japan 7   (0.4) 30   (0.8) 26   (0.9) 12   (0.9) 14   (0.5) 7   (0.4) 2   (0.3) 2   (0.4)
Jordan 12   (0.4) 19   (0.7) 18   (0.6) 15   (0.4) 14   (0.5) 11   (0.4) 6   (0.3) 6   (0.3)
Korea, Republic of 6   (0.2) 33   (1.1) 18   (0.6) 17   (0.6) 11   (0.5) 7   (0.4) 5   (0.3) 4   (0.3)
                                               
Kuwait1,7 11   (0.6) 21   (1.6) 18   (0.9) 14   (0.8) 16   (1.1) 9   (0.6) 7   (0.6) 5   (0.5)
Lebanon1 22   (1.2) 16   (1.0) 20   (1.2) 10   (1.0) 12   (0.6) 11   (0.5) 5   (0.5) 4   (0.4)
Lithuania4 9   (0.3) 9   (0.6) 26   (0.8) 25   (0.8) 11   (0.4) 14   (0.7) 3   (0.2) 3   (0.3)
Malaysia2 13   (0.8) 22   (1.3) 18   (0.8) 13   (0.7) 12   (0.6) 9   (0.4) 7   (0.5) 5   (0.4)
Malta 18   (#) 19   (#) 20   (#) 15   (#) 12   (#) 5   (#) 8   (#) 3   (#)
                                               
Norway 8   (0.4) 22   (0.7) 22   (0.9) 25   (1.0) 11   (0.4) 6   (0.2) 4   (0.3) 3   (0.3)
Oman2 11   (0.5) 18   (1.1) 20   (0.8) 14   (0.6) 15   (0.9) 11   (0.6) 6   (0.3) 6   (0.4)
Palestinian National Authority2 13   (0.7) 20   (0.9) 18   (0.7) 14   (0.8) 13   (0.6) 9   (0.5) 6   (0.4) 6   (0.5)
Qatar2 11   (#) 21   (#) 20   (#) 13   (#) 14   (#) 10   (#) 6   (#) 6   (#)
Romania 9   (0.4) 18   (0.8) 29   (0.8) 14   (0.5) 9   (0.3) 14   (0.7) 3   (0.2) 3   (0.3)
                                               
Russian Federation 10   (0.2) 18   (0.5) 22   (0.6) 20   (0.5) 9   (0.2) 16   (0.4) 1   (0.1) 4   (0.4)
Saudi Arabia2 12   (0.5) 22   (1.2) 17   (0.9) 11   (0.5) 15   (0.9) 10   (0.5) 7   (0.4) 7   (0.4)
Scotland3 8   (0.4) 21   (0.6) 25   (1.2) 24   (1.1) 8   (0.3) 3   (0.2) 6   (0.4) 4   (0.5)
Serbia4,8 6   (0.3) 24   (1.2) 26   (1.1) 20   (1.0) 10   (0.6) 8   (0.5) 3   (0.3) 3   (0.4)
Singapore 12   (0.4) 26   (0.8) 19   (0.5) 13   (0.4) 10   (0.3) 8   (0.3) 8   (0.4) 5   (0.4)
                                               
Slovenia 10   (0.3) 21   (0.5) 23   (0.6) 21   (0.6) 11   (0.4) 5   (0.3) 4   (0.2) 4   (0.4)
Sweden2 4   (0.2) 15   (0.6) 33   (1.3) 28   (1.6) 9   (0.3) 6   (0.2) 3   (0.2) 4   (0.5)
Syrian Arab Republic2 12   (0.6) 24   (1.3) 16   (0.8) 10   (0.5) 15   (0.8) 12   (0.6) 6   (0.4) 6   (0.6)
Thailand 12   (0.6) 21   (1.0) 15   (0.7) 12   (0.5) 15   (0.6) 10   (0.5) 8   (0.4) 7   (0.5)
Tunisia1 15   (1.0) 13   (1.2) 25   (1.4) 16   (1.3) 17   (1.0) 8   (0.7) 4   (0.4) 3   (0.3)
                                               
Turkey 8   (0.6) 20   (1.2) 19   (1.0) 13   (0.7) 14   (0.9) 8   (0.6) 10   (1.1) 8   (0.9)
Ukraine 11   (0.4) 14   (0.7) 19   (0.6) 18   (0.6) 17   (0.9) 14   (0.6) 2   (0.3) 4   (0.4)
United States3,8 13   (0.4) 21   (0.6) 19   (0.5) 17   (0.5) 10   (0.3) 11   (0.3) 5   (0.3) 5   (0.4)
            0   (0.0)                   0     0    
#Rounds to zero.
1 Data are available for at least 50 percent but less than 70 percent of students.
2 Data are available for at least 70 percent but less than 85 percent of students.
3 Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after replacement schools were included.
4 National Target Population does not include all of the International Target Population defined by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
5 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
6 National Defined Population covers less than 90 percent of National Target Population (but at least 77 percent).
7 Kuwait tested the same cohort of students as other countries, but later in 2007, at the beginning of the next school year.
8 National Defined Population covers 90 to 95 percent of National Target Population.
NOTE: Data provided by teachers. Countries were required to sample students in the grade that corresponded to the end of 8 years of formal schooling, providing that the mean age at the time of testing was at least 13.5 years. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), 2007, TIMSS 2007 International Mathematics Report, by Ina V.S. Mullis et al. (This table was prepared May 2009.)
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