Easey, M., Warren, E. A & Geiger, V. (2012). Male students' perspectives concerning the relevance of mathematics: Pilot study findings. J. Dindyal, L. P. Cheng, S. F. Ng. 242-249. Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.
A pilot study was conducted with Year 10 males (N = 154) preparing to make their senior mathematics subject choice. Survey data revealed that students did not understand the different dimensions of relevance of mathematics. Additionally, a statistically significant difference in the level of agreement concerning relevance was identified between students choosing Mathematics A and those choosing both Mathematics B and C. Students choosing both Mathematics B and C perceived mathematics as relevant for facilitating their career pathway, while Mathematics A aspirants acknowledged the relevance of mathematics was less influential, reporting their choice was guided by their mathematical ability.
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