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Statistical literacy in the middle school: The relationship between interest, self-efficacy and prior mathematics achievement

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Carmichael, C and Callingham, R and Hay, I and Watson, J, Statistical literacy in the middle school: The relationship between interest, self-efficacy and prior mathematics achievement, Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 10, (2010) pp. 83-93. ISSN 1446-5442 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between key predictors of middle school students’ interest for statistical literacy, including their self-efficacy for statistical literacy and their prior mathematics achievement. Given the lack of research in the statistical literacy domain, a review of the mathematics education literature confirms the importance of self-efficacy and achievement in predicting interest and describes the nature of their influence on interest. The paper then reports on an empirical study involving a sample of 438 Australian middle school students from 8 schools across 3 states. Data from this study are used in a series of statistical models to confirm the influence of identified predictors and to study their inter-relationship. Results from the study suggest that the influence of prior achievement on interest is completely mediated by self-efficacy. In addition to this, the relationship between interest and self-efficacy appears to be quadratic, in that students with high levels of self-efficacy may not have corresponding high levels of interest. Implications for this research are then discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Statistical literacy in the middle school: The relationship between interest, self-efficacy and prior mathematics achievement
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 Instruction
Objective Field:Pedagogy
Author:Carmichael, C (Mr Colin Carmichael)
Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:65081
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-09-30
Last Modified:2012-03-06
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