TIMSS Contextual
Background Questionnaires

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For a fuller appreciation of what the TIMSS achievement results mean and how they may be used to improve student learning in mathematics and science, it is important to understand the contexts in which students learn. Therefore, TIMSS collects a range of information about the contexts for learning these subjects by administering background questionnaires to the students tested, their teachers of mathematics and science, and their school principals. In addition, curriculum questionnaires in mathematics and science are completed by the National Research Coordinators to provide system-wide information pertaining to curriculum and assessment. The background questionnaires address such areas as resources in the home, students’ educational aspirations, their attitudes toward mathematics and science, the mathematics and science curriculum taught, teachers’ preparation and professional development, instructional practices, the use of technology in the classroom, school resources, and school safety.

The background questionnaires are based on the TIMSS 2003 Contextual Framework, which specifies the major characteristics of the educational and social contexts to be studied and identifies the areas to be addressed in the background questionnaires. They were developed by an expert committee composed of international educators and measurement specialists with much input from the National Research Coordinators.

Each one of the TIMSS 2003 background questionnaires
can be downloaded free of charge below.

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Student Questionnaires

Teacher Questionnaires

School Questionnaires

Curriculum Questionnaires