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Title: Problem Solving in the PISA and TIMSS 2003 Assessments
Description: In 2003, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) included a special focus on problem-solving. This report reviews the problem-solving aspects of each study in order to compare and contrast the nature of problem solving in each assessment. The reportís authors develop and use a definition for problem solving to identify items in the two assessments that address studentsí problem-solving capabilities. Items that were identified as problem-solving items in the TIMSS and PISA mathematics, science, and Cross-Disciplinary problem-solving assessments were analyzed in terms of six types of item characteristics: (1) content coverage; (2) cognitive processes; (3) problem-solving attributes; (4) item formats; (5) computational aspects; and (6) translation of representations.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: December 2006
Web Release: December 26, 2006
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2007049
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Technical/Methodological Report
Survey/Program Areas: International Activities Program (IAP)
Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Technical/Methodological Report, please contact:
Samantha Burg.