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Third International Mathematics and Science Study: International Curriculum Analysis, 1992-1995 (ICPSR 30601) RSS

Alternate Title:  TIMSS-ICA

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Summary:

The International Curriculum Analysis (ICA) study provided curricular and textbook information from each country participating in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). TIMSS was a comparative study of education in mathematics and the sciences conducted in over 40 countries on five continents. The goal of TIMSS was to measure student achievement in mathematics and science in participating countries and to assess some of the curricular and classroom factors that are related to student learning in these subjects. The study was intended to provide educators and policy makers with an unparalleled and multidimensional perspective on mathematics and science curricula; their implementation; the nature of student performance in mathematics and science; and the social, economic, and educational context in which these occur.

Below is a description of each of the types of data files found in this study.

The Textbook Specific and Curriculum Guide Specific data files contain overall characteristic information, the number of pages, size of book, publisher, etc. pertaining to material used within a country for all countries involved in the study.

The General Topic Trace Mapping data files contain questionnaire responses for each specific science and mathematics topic for each grade.

The Document Description data file contains document ID, name, subject, publisher and publishing data for each document provided by each country in the study.

The Unit Level data files contain information describing a specific unit within a document, used for both textbooks and curriculum guides.

The Block Level data files contain specific curricular information about the blocks contained within each unit.

The Textbook Coverage data files contain summaries of context coverage for each country's textbooks and the performance expectation codes of those textbooks, both Mathematics and Science. The coverage rate for each content topic is expressed as the average percent that particular topic is mentioned in each of the country's textbooks.

The Textbook Characteristics data file contains derived variables from 400 textbooks used in 45 countries. The variables captures the frequency with which content material such as activities, exercise or question sets, instructional narratives and other instructional tools, as well as performance expectation related material are found within these textbooks.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Textbook Specific Data - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
DS2:  Curriculum Guide Specific Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS3:  Mathematics General Topic Trace Mapping - Download All Files (2.7 MB)
DS4:  Science General Topic Trace Mapping - Download All Files (3.4 MB)
DS5:  Document Description - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
DS6:  Argentina Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS7:  Argentina Block Level Data - Download All Files (3.2 MB)
DS8:  Australia Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS9:  Australia Block Level Data - Download All Files (13.5 MB)
DS10:  Austria Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS11:  Austria Block Level Data - Download All Files (7.3 MB)
DS12:  Belgium (Flemish) Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS13:  Belgium (Flemish) Block Level Data - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS14:  Belgium (French) Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS15:  Belgium (French) Block Level Data - Download All Files (6.1 MB)
DS16:  Bulgaria Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS17:  Bulgaria Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.9 MB)
DS18:  Canada Unit Level Data - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
DS19:  Canada Block Level Data - Download All Files (24.9 MB)
DS20:  China Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS21:  China Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
DS22:  Columbia Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS23:  Columbia Block Level Data - Download All Files (9.5 MB)
DS24:  Cyprus Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS25:  Cyprus Block Level Data - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
DS26:  Czech Republic Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS27:  Czech Republic Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
DS28:  Slovak Republic Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS29:  Slovak Republic Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
DS30:  Denmark Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS31:  Denmark Block Level Data - Download All Files (3.9 MB)
DS32:  Dominican Republic Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS33:  Dominican Republic Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
DS34:  France Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS35:  France Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
DS36:  Germany Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS37:  Germany Block Level Data - Download All Files (5.4 MB)
DS38:  Greece Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS39:  Greece Block Level Data - Download All Files (6.4 MB)
DS40:  Hong Kong Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS41:  Hong Kong Block Level Data - Download All Files (9.5 MB)
DS42:  Hungary Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS43:  Hungary Block Level Data - Download All Files (7 MB)
DS44:  Iceland Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS45:  Iceland Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
DS46:  Iran Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS47:  Iran Block Level Data - Download All Files (3.7 MB)
DS48:  Ireland Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS49:  Ireland Block Level Data - Download All Files (8.9 MB)
DS50:  Israel Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
DS51:  Israel Block Level Data - Download All Files (7.3 MB)
DS52:  Italy Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS53:  Italy Block Level Data - Download All Files (6.5 MB)
DS54:  Japan Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS55:  Japan Block Level Data - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
DS56:  Korea Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS57:  Korea Block Level Data - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
DS58:  Latvia Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS59:  Latvia Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS60:  Lithuania Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS61:  Lithuania Block Level Data - Download All Files (3.6 MB)
DS62:  Mexico Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS63:  Mexico Block Level Data - Download All Files (7 MB)
DS64:  Netherlands Unit Level Data - Download All Files (3.3 MB)
DS65:  Netherlands Block Level Data - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
DS66:  New Zealand Unit Level Data - Download All Files (3.5 MB)
DS67:  New Zealand Block Level Data - Download All Files (14.2 MB)
DS68:  Norway Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS69:  Norway Block Level Data - Download All Files (6.3 MB)
DS70:  Phillippines Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS71:  Phillippines Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
DS72:  Portugal Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS73:  Portugal Block Level Data - Download All Files (4.1 MB)
DS74:  Romania Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS75:  Romania Block Level Data - Download All Files (6.5 MB)
DS76:  Russian Federation Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS77:  Russian Federation Block Level Data - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
DS78:  Singapore Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS79:  Singapore Block Level Data - Download All Files (7.3 MB)
DS80:  South Africa Unit Level Data - Download All Files (3.4 MB)
DS81:  South Africa Block Level Data - Download All Files (8.9 MB)
DS82:  Spain Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2 MB)
DS83:  Spain Block Level Data - Download All Files (9.4 MB)
DS84:  Sweden Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS85:  Sweden Block Level Data - Download All Files (5 MB)
DS86:  Switzerland Unit Level Data - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
DS87:  Switzerland Block Level Data - Download All Files (31 MB)
DS88:  Thailand Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS89:  Thailand Block Level Data - Download All Files (2.9 MB)
DS90:  Tunisia Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS91:  Tunisia Block Level Data - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
DS92:  Scotland Unit Level Data - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS93:  Scotland Block Level Data - Download All Files (6 MB)
DS94:  United States Unit Level Data - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS95:  United States Block Level Data - Download All Files (52.6 MB)
DS96:  Slovenia Unit Level Data - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
DS97:  Slovenia Block Level Data - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
DS98:  Mathematics Textbook Coverage - Population 1 Data - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS99:  Mathematics Textbook Coverage - Population 2 Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS100:  Science Textbook Coverage - Population 1 Data - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS101:  Science Textbook Coverage - Population 2 Data - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS102:  Textbook Characteristics Data - Download All Files (2 MB)

Study Description

Citation

Schmidt, William. Third International Mathematics and Science Study: International Curriculum Analysis, 1992-1995 . ICPSR30601-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-07. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30601.v2

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (RED 92-52935)
  • National Science Foundation (REC-9550107)
  • United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   curriculum, educational assessment, mathematics, school age children, science

Smallest Geographic Unit:   country

Geographic Coverage:   Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1992--1995

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992--1995

Unit of Observation:   textbooks

Universe:   Mathematics and Science textbooks for students age 9, 13, and in their final year of secondary education, including those in vocational education programs.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

The international curriculum analysis was conducted in each country under the direction of the TIMSS National Research Coordinator (NRC) and the national research center in coordination with the United States TIMSS National Research Center.

Materials were collected from each country that reflected those used by the majority of the students in each population.

Methodology

Mode of Data Collection:   self-enumerated questionnaire

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2013-04-23 Spelling errors in titles and codebooks for Textbook Specific Data and Curriculum Guide Specific data were corrected.
  • 2012-12-21 Document covers have been updated.
  • 2011-04-07 5 data files were added, the Mathematics Coverage, Science Coverage, and Textbook Characteristic files. The User Guide was updated to document these additional data files and Codebooks for each of these data files were created.

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