Perhaps the decision of some students not to engage in learning mathematics in school is deliberate
Sullivan, P., Tobias, S. & McDonough, AM. (2006). Perhaps the decision of some students not to engage in learning mathematics in school is deliberate. Educational Studies in Mathematics,62(1), 81-99. Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-006-1348-8
A perceived lack of engagement of many students in middle years mathematics classes provides a challenge for educators. In this article we report a project that investigated students' perceptions of the extent to which their own efforts influence their achievement at mathematics and their life opportunities. We conducted 2 hour interviews with over 50 students, as well as collecting other data. The results suggest that a student's orientation to learning mathematics is not predicted by their achievement. Even students who were confident, successful and persistent exhibited short-term goals. It seems that classroom culture may be an important determinant of under-participation in schooling.
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