International comparisons of student achievement

Ming Ming CHIU, Bonnie Wing Yin CHOW

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Large-scale international studies of student achievement have yielded rich evidence of links between academic achievement and characteristics of students, families, schools and countries. Students' micro-level academic achievement occurs within micro-system environments of family and school, which in turn are influenced by the economic and cultural macrosystem of a country. At the student level, mathematics, reading, and science achievement is related to gender and motivation (interest in reading, extrinsic motivation, effort and perseverance, self-efficacy and self concept). Furthermore, characteristics of a student's family are also linked to academic achievement, including family structure (two parents, single parent, step-parent, living with no parents, resident grandparent, number of siblings), socio-economic status, and educational resources at home (e.g., number of books). Likewise, school variables such as schoolmate characteristics, school resources and teacher characteristics are linked to a student's achievement. Lastly, a country's economic and cultural characteristics are linked to a student's achievement. Copyright © 2015 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in education
EditorsRoberta V. NATA
Place of PublicationHuntington
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781634638265
ISBN (Print)9781634637909
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


Chiu, M. M., & Chow, B. W.-Y. (2015). International comparisons of student achievement. In R. V. Nata (Ed.), Progress in education (Vol. 32, pp. 93-108). Huntington: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


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