ABSTRACT – Aida Suraya

Lessons to Learn from Leading Countries in TIMSS

Aida Suraya

Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia

This presentation highlights on Malaysian and Indonesian students’ performance in Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 and 2015.  Tops countries for TIMSS 2015 for both 10 year olds and 14 year olds are Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Japan. The results show that both Malaysian and Indonesian students are not able to perform tasks that require higher order thinking skills.  Slight improvement shown over the years may be due to proper strategizing of both nations in preparing students for TIMSS.  Several resources are used to identify common and unique factors that may contribute to the success of students in these TIMSS leading countries.  It may provide some insights on how we need to shape the teaching and learning of mathematics in our countries.