Predicting mathematics achievement: The influence of prior achievement and attitudes

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Title Predicting mathematics achievement: The influence of prior achievement and attitudes
Author Hemmings, Brian; Grootenboer, Peter John; Kay, Russell
Journal Name International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Editor Fou-Lai Lin
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer
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
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10763-010-9224-5
Volume 9
Issue Number 3
Page from 691
Page to 705
ISSN 1571-0068
Date Accessioned 2012-02-23; 2012-03-25T22:54:14Z
Date Available 2012-03-25T22:54:14Z
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43967
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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