Do interested students learn more? Results from a statistical literacy study in the middle school

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Abstract

An oft-heard comment from adolescents is that 'maths is boring'. Such disinterested students are less likely to engage in mathematics related learning tasks than their interested peers and this lack of engagement can result in lower levels of achievement. This study seeks to explore the relationship between interest and achievement in a middle school statistical literacy context. Based on the results of 218 students, a linear regression model indicated that the relationship between interest and achievement is complex and mediated by other factors that include students' self-competency beliefs. Moreover, the model predicted that interest has a very minor influence on achievement and that factors related to the classroom teacher have much stronger influence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) Biennial Conference and the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationMathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices
EditorsJulie Clark, Barry Kissane, Judith Mousley, Toby Spencer, Steve Thornton
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages151-157
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781875900695
ISBN (Print)9781875900701
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event23rd AAMT Biennial Conference and the 34th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference
- Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 03 Jul 201107 Jul 2011
https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2011_MERGA_CP.aspx (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference23rd AAMT Biennial Conference and the 34th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference
Abbreviated titleMathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityAlice Springs
Period03/07/1107/07/11
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