Mathematics performance and the role played by affective and background factors

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Title Mathematics performance and the role played by affective and background factors
Author Grootenboer, Peter John; Hemmings, Brian
Journal Name Mathematics Education Research Journal
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher MERGA
Abstract In this article, we report on a study examining those factors which contribute to the mathematics performance of a sample of children aged between 8 and 13 years. The study was designed specifically to consider the potency of a number of mathematical affective factors, as well as background characteristics (viz., gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status), on children's mathematics performance. Data were collected by surveying the children and drawing on performance ratings from their teachers. A correlation analysis revealed that the relationships between the respective dispositional and background variables with mathematics performance were significant and in the direction as predicted. Moreover, the findings from a logistic regression showed that a combination of these variables was able to appropriately classify students who either were below-average or above-average mathematics performers. We pay particular attention to the influence of certain dispositions with respect to mathematics performance and conclude by detailing the implications of the study for teachers and researchers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.merga.net.au/publications/merj.php
Volume 19
Issue Number 3
Page from 3
Page to 20
ISSN 1033-2170
Date Accessioned 2010-03-07
Date Available 2010-07-16T06:09:29Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32308
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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