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Introducing WebQuests in Mathematics: a study of Qatari students' reactions and emotions


Murphy, C and Calder, N and Mansour, N and Abu-Tineh, A, Introducing WebQuests in Mathematics: a study of Qatari students' reactions and emotions, International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15, (3) Article em0603. ISSN 1306-3030 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.29333/iejme/8445


There is a need to investigate didactic strategies that can enhance engagement in science and mathematics education. This paper reports on the introduction of WebQuests, as part of collaborative inquiry, to enhance studentsí engagement in their mathematics lessons in Qatar. We present interview data gathered from eight student focus groups (grades 5 to 9) before and after the introduction of WebQuest lessons. Constant comparative analysis was used to examine studentsí reactions to using WebQuests in developing student-directed learning and collaboration in relation to support for learning. The analysis identified prospective reactions that were often confirmed retrospectively following the WebQuest lessons. These reactions were further analysed as external expressions of affect encoded by trait-like emotions that were similar to Goldin et al.ís (2011) notion of engagement structures. We suggest that the confirmation of reactions and emotions was influenced by studentsí levels of tolerance for ambiguity as a common element across engagement structures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:collaborative inquiry, emotions, engagement structures, exploratory talk, WebQuests
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
ID Code:141463
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-10-21
Last Modified:2021-08-25
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