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Code Development Rationale and Strategy
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Coding Groups
The TIMSS 1999 Video Study is a cross-national study of eighth-grade classroom mathematics and science teaching. The study involves videotaping and analyzing teaching practices in more than one thousand classrooms in various countries. In conjunction with the International Association of the Evaluation of Education Achievement (IEA), the study is being conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education under a contract with LessonLab, Inc. of Los Angeles, California.
Goals of TIMSS 1999 Video Study  
  • Investigate mathematics and science teaching practices in U.S. classrooms.
  • Compare U.S. teaching practices with those found in high-achieving countries.
  • Discover new ideas about teaching mathematics and science.
  • Develop new teaching research methods and tools for teacher professional development.
  • Create a digital library of images of teaching to inform U.S. educational policy.
  • Stimulate and focus discussion of teaching practices among educators, policy makers, and the public.

A follow-up of TIMSS 1995 is currently underway. This follow-up, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study-Repeat (TIMSS 1999), involves collecting a new round of national-level achievement data, and includes a new video study. The new TIMSS 1999 Video Study includes more high-achieving countries, and science as well as mathematics lessons.

Design and Procedures
At least 100 schools were randomly selected in each country. One math lesson and one science lesson was videotaped in each school that agreed to participate. Taping was distributed evenly throughout the school year so that the lessons represent the full range of eighth-grade mathematics and science instruction in each country. A teacher and student questionnaire, and worksheets and textbook pages used in the lessons supplement the videotapes.
Participating Countries
The countries participating in the mathematics portion of the TIMSS 1999 Video Study are Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong SAR, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States. The countries participating in the science portion of the study are Australia, the Czech Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Although Japan did not participate in the mathematics portion of the study, the Japanese mathematics data collected as part of the TIMSS 1995 Video Study were re-analyzed for the TIMSS 1999 Video Study. U.S. mathematics data collected as part of the TIMSS 1995 Video Study were also re-analyzed.

The TIMSS 1999 Video Study is a multi-year project that began with a field test in May, 1998. Most of the filming took place in 1999, and depended on the school calendar in each country. Then the data were processed and analyzed for two additional years, followed by interpretation and writing of reports. The international mathematics report will be released in 2003, followed by a technical report and country-centric reports. Science reports are expected to be released in 2004.