Science Teacher Questionnaire – English

Instructions

Dear science teacher,

Thank you for participating in this study.

This questionnaire asks for information about:

  • Background information
  • Your initial education and professional development
  • Your school
  • Science teaching practices

This information will help illustrate the similarities and differences between groups of teachers in order to better establish the context for students’ test results. For example, the information provided may help to establish what effect the availability of resources may have on student achievement – both within and between countries.

The questionnaire should be completed by you only. It should take about 30 minutes to complete.

If you do not know an answer precisely, your best estimate will be adequate for the purpose of the study.

Please note that the forward button used to proceed to the next question is located at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. In some instances you may need to scroll down to the bottom of your screen to access this forward button.

Your answers will be combined with answers from other teachers to calculate totals and averages. All information (or responses) you provide may only be used for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law [Education Science Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002), 20 U.S. Code, Section 9573].

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this voluntary information collection is 1850-0755. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including the time to review instructions, search existing data resources, gather the data needed, and complete and review the information collection. If you have any suggestions for improving the form, or comments or concerns regarding the accuracy of the time estimate(s) or the status of your individual submission of this form, please write to: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, N.W., Room 8122, Washington, D.C. 20006. O.M.B. No. 1850-0755, Approval Expires 08/31/2016

Background Information

TC001

Are you female or male?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Female

radio button unchecked Male

TC002

How old are you?

(Please move the slider to the appropriate number of years.)

Ages range from 20 years or younger to 70 or older.

TC004

What is your employment status as a teacher at this school?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Permanent employment (an ongoing contract with no fixed end-point before the age of retirement)

radio button unchecked Fixed-term contract for a period of more than 1 school year

radio button unchecked Fixed-term contract for a period of 1 school year or less

TC005

What is your current employment status as a teacher?

(Please consider your employment status at this school and for all your teaching employments together.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Full-time
(more than 90%
of full-time hours)
Part-time
(71-90% of
full-time hours)
Part-time
(50-70% of
full-time hours)
Part-time
(less than 50%
of full-time hours)
My employment status at this school radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
All my teaching employments together radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC006

In how many schools have you worked in the course of your teaching career?

(Include all schools, even if you worked at several schools at once.)

(Please move the slider to the appropriate number of schools.)

slider ranges from 1 to 20 or more schools

TC007

How many years of work experience do you have?

(Please round up to whole years no matter whether you worked part-time or full-time and move the slider to the appropriate number of years. If any option does not apply to you select "0" (zero).)

Year(s) working as a teacher at this school

Experience ranges from 0 to 50 or more years



Year(s) working as a teacher in total

Experience ranges from 0 to 50 or more years



Your Initial Education and Professional Development

TC012

What is the highest level of formal education you have completed?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked High school and/or some college courses

radio button unchecked Associate's degree

radio button unchecked Bachelor's degree

radio button unchecked Master's degree

radio button unchecked Doctoral or professional degree (e.g., PhD, M.D., J.D.)

TC013

After completing high school, was your goal to pursue a career in the teaching profession?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC014

Did you complete a teacher education or training program?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC015

How did you receive your teaching qualifications?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked I attended a standard teacher education or training program at an educational institution.

radio button unchecked I attended an in-service teacher education or training program.

radio button unchecked I attended a work based teacher education or training program.

radio button unchecked I attended training in another pedagogical profession.

radio button unchecked Other

TC018

Were any of the following included in your teacher education or training program or other professional qualification and do you teach them to the 10th grade in the current school year?

(Because this is an international survey, we had to categorize many of the actual subjects taught in schools into broad categories. If the exact name of one of your subjects is not listed, please mark the category you think best fits the subject.)

(If you need further explanation for terms used in this question, please use the help button.)

(Please select all that apply.)

Reading, writing and literature: reading and writing (and literature) in English, language arts, public speaking, literature, composition, communications, journalism

Mathematics: mathematics, mathematics with statistics, geometry, algebra, etc.

Science: natural science, physics, physical science, chemistry, biology, human biology, earth and space sciences, environmental science, agriculture/horticulture/forestry

Technology: orientation in technology, including information technology, computer studies, construction/surveying, engineering, electronics, graphics and design, keyboard skills, word processing, workshop technology/design technology

Social studies: social studies, community studies, contemporary studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, humanities, legal studies, American studies, social sciences, ethical thinking, philosophy

Modern foreign languages: languages different from the language of instruction

Ancient languages (e.g., Latin)

Arts: arts, music, visual arts, practical art, drama, performance music, photography, drawing, creative handicraft, creative needlework

Physical education: physical education, gymnastics, dance, health

Religion and/or ethics: religion, history of religions, religion culture, ethics

Practical and vocational skills: vocational skills (preparation for a specific occupation), technics, domestic science, accountancy, business studies, career education, clothing and textiles, driving, home economics, polytechnic courses, secretarial studies, tourism and hospitality, handicraft.

  Included in my teacher education
or training program
or other professional qualification
I teach it to the 10th grade
in the current school year
Reading, writing and literature checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Mathematics checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Science checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Technology checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Social studies checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Modern foreign languages checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Ancient languages (e.g., Latin) checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Arts checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Physical education checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Religion and/or ethics checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Practical and vocational skills checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked

TC029

What proportion of your teacher education or training program or other professional qualification was dedicated to each of the following areas?

(For each area please enter an approximate percentage, e.g., “20” in the first row to indicate 20% of initial education time used for science and technology content matter.)

(Note that the percentages must add up to 100.)

text entry areaScience and technology content matter: knowledge and skills in any science discipline

text entry areaTeaching and learning science: teaching methodology related to science, instructional skills (e.g., use of experiments), student misconceptions

text entry areaGeneral topics in education: e.g., teacher-student interaction, classroom management, school evaluation, special education

text entry areaOther topics

TC020

During the last 12 months, did you participate in any of the following activities?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Degree program radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Participation in a network of teachers formed specifically for the professional development of teachers radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Individual or collaborative research on a topic of interest to you professionally radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Mentoring and/or peer observation and coaching, as part of a formal school arrangement radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Reading professional literature (e.g., journals, evidence-based papers, thesis papers) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Engaging in informal dialogue with your colleagues on how to improve your teaching radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC030

During the last 12 months, what proportion of your professional development activities was dedicated to each of the following areas?

(For each area please enter an approximate percentage, e.g., “20” in the first row to indicate 20% of professional development activity time used for science and technology content matter.)

(Note that the percentages must add up to 100.)

text entry areaScience and technology content matter: knowledge and skills in any science discipline

text entry areaTeaching and learning science: teaching methodology related to science, instructional skills (e.g., use of experiments), student misconceptions

text entry areaGeneral topics in education: e.g., teacher-student interaction, classroom management, school evaluation, special education

text entry areaOther topics

TC021

Are you required to take part in professional development activities?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

Your School

TC028

Is your school's capacity to provide instruction hindered by any of the following issues?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Not at all Very little To some extent A lot
A lack of teaching staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poorly qualified teaching staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of assisting staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poorly qualified assisting staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of educational material (e.g., textbooks,
IT equipment, library or laboratory material)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poor quality educational material (e.g., textbooks,
IT equipment, library or laboratory material)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of physical infrastructure (e.g., building, grounds,
heating/cooling, lighting and PA system)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poor quality physical infrastructure (e.g., building,
grounds, heating/cooling, lighting and PA system)
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC039

Is there any formal curriculum for science in 10th grade?

(Please consider national, state, regional, or school policies.)

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC041

How much emphasis is given to the following approaches and processes in the intended science curriculum for 10th grade?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  No emphasis Very little emphasis Some emphasis A lot of emphasis
Knowing basic science facts and principles radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Observing natural phenomena and describing what is seen radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Providing explanations of what is being studied radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Designing and planning experiments or investigations radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Conducting experiments or investigations radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Integrating science with other subjects radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Relating what students are learning to their daily lives radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Incorporating the experiences of different ethnic/cultural groups radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC043

Are parents informed about the availability and content of the science curriculum (e.g., in a parent-teacher conference or a newsletter)?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked Yes

radio button unchecked No

TC031

To what extent do you disagree or agree with the following statements about regular cooperation among your fellow science teachers and yourself?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Strongly Disgree Disgree Agree Strongly Agree
We discuss the achievement requirements for science when setting tests. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
It is natural for us to cooperate on what homework to give to our students. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We discuss the criteria we use to grade written tests. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We exchange lesson plans and homework that cover a range of different levels of difficulty. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I prepare a selection of teaching units with my fellow science teachers. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We discuss ways to teach learning strategies and techniques to our students. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
My fellow science teachers benefit from my specific skills and interests. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We discuss ways to better identify students' individual strengths and weaknesses. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC026

We would like to know how you generally feel about your job. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Strongly Disgree Disgree Agree Strongly Agree
The advantages of being a teacher clearly outweigh the disadvantages. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
If I could decide again, I would still choose to work as a teacher. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I regret that I decided to become a teacher. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I enjoy working at this school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I wonder whether it would have been better to choose another profession. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I would recommend my school as a good place to work. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I am satisfied with my performance in this school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
All in all, I am satisfied with my job. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Science Teaching Practices

TC037

How often do these things happen in your science classes?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never or almost never Some classes Many classes Every class or almost every class
Students are asked to draw conclusions from an experiment they have conducted. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students are given opportunities to explain their ideas. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I explain scientific ideas. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A small-group discussion between students takes place. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A whole-class discussion takes place in which I participate. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Current scientific issues are discussed. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students make calculations using scientific formulas. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I use an interactive white board. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students do their own scientific study and related research. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I discuss questions that students ask. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students carry out practical work. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students write up laboratory reports. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I demonstrate an idea. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I discuss questions of practical relevance. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students read materials from a textbook. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students take notes from the board. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students discuss materials from a textbook. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students watch videos. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students use the internet. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The class corrects homework or a test. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students fill out worksheets. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students present something to the rest of the class. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC033

To what extent can (or could) you do the following?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Not at all Very little To some extent To a large extent
Design experiments and hands-on activities for inquiry-based learning radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Assign tailored tasks to the weakest as well as to the best students radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Use a variety of assessment strategies radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Facilitate a discussion among students on how to interpret experimental findings radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

TC034

To what extent can (or could) you do the following?

(If you need further explanation of the term my scientific discipline, please use the help button.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

Your scientific discipline refers to one specific science discipline your main science subject belongs to. If you teach the same number of hours for several science subjects, you should choose only one and relate your answer to it.

  Not at all Very little To some extent To a large extent
Explain a complex scientific concept to a fellow teacher radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
State and defend an informed position on ethical problems relating to science radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Read state-of-the art papers in my scientific discipline radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Explain the links between biology, physics and chemistry radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Thank you very much for your cooperation in completing this questionnaire!

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