September 2016: Are teacher characteristics and teaching practices associated with student performance?

Clavel, José G. Méndez, Ildefonso Crespo, Francisco Javier G.
IEA (2016)
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In this brief, data from TIMSS 2011 was used to construct indexes to analyze whether different strategies and methodologies used by 8th grade mathematics and science teachers in their day-to-day activities had an impact on the academic performance of their students. Although countries showed differing results, usually related with their economic development level, collegial practices generally exhibited positive associations with student performance. Meanwhile, passive teaching and active assessment strategies were more often negatively than positively associated with student achievement.