2003．第31卷第1期（Vol. 31 No. 1）．pp. 117132
Assessment of Scientific Literacy of Hong Kong Students in PISA 2000
Din-Yan YIP & Sui-Chu HO（葉殿恩、何瑞珠）
This article reports the performance of 15-year-old students of Hong Kong in scientific literacy in an international study called PISA 2000. Hong Kong ranks the third position among 41 participating countries/regions. The mean scores of Hong Kong students are higher than those of the OECD countries at all ability levels, and the difference is particularly great in the lower percentile levels. The high achievement of Hong Kong students in scientific literacy is attributed to the emphasis of the junior science curriculum on an investigative approach, and the adequate provision of qualified science teachers, supporting laboratory staff, laboratories and equipment. The strengths and weaknesses of Hong Kong students in different aspects of the scientific literacy framework are discussed. Suggestions are put forward to improve the science education of Hong Kong for developing scientific literacy in all students.