Student (dis)engagement in mathematics

Fielding-Wells, Jill and Makar, Katie (2008). Student (dis)engagement in mathematics. In: P. L. Jeffery, Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). AARE 2008 International Education Conference Brisbane: Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, Australia, (1-10). 30 November-4 December 2008.


Author Fielding-Wells, Jill
Makar, Katie
Title of paper Student (dis)engagement in mathematics
Conference name AARE 2008 International Education Conference Brisbane: Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 30 November-4 December 2008
Proceedings title Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Place of Publication Coldstream, Vic
Publisher AARE
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1324-9339
1324-9320
Editor P. L. Jeffery
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Collection year 2010
Formatted Abstract/Summary
National and international studies show Australian students to be mathematically capable, yet disinterested and disengaged from the subject, perceiving it to be boring, irrelevant and difficult. Inquiry-based learning aims to contextualise mathematical learning in ways which situate it within authentic problems, with knowledge and  meaning developed through discourse and representation; however, little research has been undertaken to determine whether inquiry-based learning improves student engagement. A framework based on the work of Kong, Wong and Lam (2003) is used to identify probable variables affecting engagement. The survey data collected from primary students (ages 8-12, n = 209) were compared between those with experience in inquiry-based learning and those without. Engagement scores of students involved in inquiry indicated markedly higher interest, increased attentiveness and decreased frustration; suggesting the potential for inquiry to halt or reverse the pattern of declining interest among students. With current trends of capable but disengaged students, this research may be an early indicator of a way ahead in mathematics education.
Subjects EX
93 Education and Training
13 Education
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword Mathematics teaching
Mathematics education
Student disengagement
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Presented during Paper Session Two as MAK08723

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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