Elevers syn på nationella prov: Resultat från elevenkät vid genomförandet av nationella ämnesprov i biologi, fysik och kemi i grundskolans årskurs 9 våren 2010
2011 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
The aim of this study was to describe how a sample of Grade 9 pupils experienced the first high-stakes national tests in the science subjects that were administered in Swedish schools in 2010. A sample of students completed a questionnaire which asked for test perceptions in terms of perceived importance, motivation, effort and anxiety. The questionnaire also contained items asking for how the pupils prepared for the test, how often they have tests in school and if they are familiar with the learning targets. A corresponding questionnaire was used in the national test context in 2009 and where applicable, results are compared.
The results show that, in general, the pupils perceived the national test as difficult but important. A majority of the pupils further reported that they were motivated to do their best on the test and that they invested a fair amount of effort when completing test items. However, many pupils also reported test anxiety. Almost all pupils report having enough time to complete the test, and approximately half of the sampled students reported that items in the national test were easy to understand and fairly interesting, however not similar to the questions they usually have in school tests. The students at the national test in 2010 perceived the test more important and reported a higher level of motivation and effort –and test anxiety - than the students taking the national test in 2009. The stakes of the test also was higher in 2010. In their answers to a free response questionnaire item, many pupils commented on that the test was difficult, many pupils also perceived the test as “different”. A fair amount of pupils also reported that they found the test “fun”. Even if the pupils perceived the test as important, as the result had consequences, a fair number of pupils found national tests in the science subject unnecessary. Pupils taking the chemistry test were a bit more skeptical than pupils taking the physics test or the biology test but overall, the differences between the subjects were small.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Institutionen för tillämpad utbildningsvetenskap, Umeå universitet , 2011. , 42 p.
BVM / Institutionen för beteendevetenskapliga mätningar, Umeå universitet, ISSN 1652-7313 ; 44
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55894OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-55894DiVA: diva2:531975