Differences between students in Swedish compulsory schools with integrated andsubject-specific science education in PISA 2006
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This study is a comparison between three groups of teaching organisations in Sweden that work either with integrated Science, subject-specific Science or a mixed form of the two. Comparison is made between the students’ total Science scores in the PISA 2006 study and the three scores in student competency regarding Knowledge in Science and Knowledge about Science. This comparison is made both at the individual and school level. There are differences between students with integrated Science education and students with subjectspecific Science. These differences are found both in the total scores and in some of the subscores. An even more striking difference is found between boys and girls in the different groups. There are big differences in test scores for girls with integrated Science as compared to girls with subject-specific Science; this difference is almost nonexistent for boys. Some caution must be shown in drawing conclusions from this finding, however, since girls’ and boys’ groups differ in mean ESCS, and there are differences in the percentage of students who speak another language at home than Swedish. Some plausible explanations for the differences are discussed based on inferences from other studies.
Research subject educational work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-44928OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-44928DiVA: diva2:423133