Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Student performance drivers: An analysis of the declining performance of Swedish middle school students
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En analys av de försämrade resultaten i svenska grundskolan (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The PISA reports presented between 2000 and 2013 display a sustained decline in the mathematics proficiency of Swedish middle school students. The latest OECD reports suggest that the downward trend is still present, whereby the aim of this thesis is to investigate its underlying causes. Can the decline be deduced from the poor performance of specific Swedish municipalities with significantly worse results than others? By analyzing the current situation in Swedish education from a national standpoint, the intention is to derive the main factors for good overall math performance in middle school within a municipality. Moreover, the thesis aims to identify areas of possible enhancement within the Swedish education system on a municipal as well as a national level, by analyzing how political financial decisions and society as a whole factor into student performance. Finally, the impact of education on aspects of macroeconomics is analyzed. It is arbitrated that several factors controllable by the government have significant impact on the average math performance of students in a Swedish municipality. The results from the analysis indicate that governmental expenditures are better spent on quality of teaching than on the quantity of teachers present.

Abstract [sv]

PISA-rapporterna publicerade mellan 2000 och 2013 påvisar en tydlig nedåtgående trend i matematikresultat f ̈or svenska högstadieelever. Nya OECD-rapporter tyder på att trenden alltjämt kvarstår. Denna uppsats ämnar undersöka vilka anledningar som ligger bakom den negativa utvecklingen. Kan nedgången härledas ur skolresultat i specifika kommuner med sämre resultat än andra? Den nuvarande situationen i den svenska skolan analyseras ur ett nationellt perspektiv, där kommuner jämförs med varandra. Målet är att undersöka vilka huvudfaktorer som leder till bra skolresultat i en kommun. Vidare är ett mål att identifiera hur det svenska skolsystemet kan förbättras på både kommunal och nationell nivå med hjälp av politiska finansieringsbeslut, samt att analysera vilka faktorer hos samhället i stort som påverkar skolresultaten. Slutligen analyseras utbildningens påverkan på aspekter inom nationalekonomi ur ett makroperspektiv. Slutsatsen dras att flera påverkbara faktorer har signifikant inflytande på elevers genomsnittliga matematikprestation i en kommun. Dessutom konstateras att statliga utgifter skulle göra mer nytta om man valde att satsa på lärarnas kvalitet istället för att satsa på ett ökat antal lärare.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Series
TRITA-MAT-K, 2016:03
National Category
Mathematics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-189028DiVA: diva2:951424
Subject / course
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-06-26 Last updated: 2016-08-09Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(820 kB)6 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 820 kBChecksum SHA-512
29fd679ed4967dca9f712f8f2e62c41c735c7a1fcb9a018c91ff4384e3cc578cfbf13cc5cc8f95ca295149e08c3f148c44aa332aaf5e6bd4f94fac77f20a4736
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Optimization and Systems Theory
Mathematics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 6 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 17 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link