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Measuring Students’ Persistence on Unfamiliar Mathematical Tasks

Breen, Sinéad orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-7215-0460, Cleary, Joan and O'Shea, Ann orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-8504-2290 (2010) Measuring Students’ Persistence on Unfamiliar Mathematical Tasks. In: BSRLM Day Conference, November 2010, Newcastle, England.

182 students responded to a number of Likert-scale items regarding their persistence on mathematical tasks. Rasch analysis was then used to construct a measure of persistence from their responses and to assign persistence scores to each student. The same students, all of whom were enrolled in the first year of a third-level programme, also completed a 30-minute test involving mathematics items from PISA. The latter, although commensurate with the students' level of mathematical education, represented largely unfamiliar tasks to the students and required the transfer of previously learned mathematical knowledge and skills to a new context. The students' performance on these items was used to construct a second measure of persistence. Initial findings indicate that although the correlation between the self-reporting measure and the evidence provided by the PISA-type test is statistically significant, there are some inconsistencies between the self-reported data and observed behaviour.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:persistence, unfamiliar tasks, self-reporting measures
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Institutes and Centres > Center for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Learning (CASTeL)
Publisher:British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
Official URL:https://bsrlm.org.uk/publications/proceedings-of-d...
Copyright Information:Authors
ID Code:30083
Deposited On:24 Jun 2024 12:57 by Sinead Breen . Last Modified 24 Jun 2024 12:57

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