id: 02349432
dt: j
an: 2002f.04751
au: Handal, Boris; Herrington, Tony
ti: Students’ beliefs about the usefulness of school mathematics: a case
study in Macau.
so: J. Sci. Math. Educ. Southeast Asia 23, No. 1, 1-13 (2000).
py: 2000
pu: Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for
Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM), Gelugor, Penang
la: EN
cc: C24
ut: value of school mathematics; usefullness of mathematics
ci:
li:
ab: This study surveyed the characteristics of students’ beliefs about the
usefulness of school mathematics at an international high school in
Macau. The investigation centred on the differential effects of grade
level, achievement and gender on students’ beliefs. One hundred and
thirty-five secondary students, mostly of Chinese-ethnic origin,
participated in the survey. Students’ beliefs were measured using the
Fennema-Sherman Usefulness scale which was validated through
semi-structured interviews. Mathematics achievement was measured using
researcher-constructed tests. The survey results show that in general,
students had a moderate positive belief about the value of school
mathematics and no significant differences were found between grade
levels in the strength of students’ beliefs. Results also showed that
there were significant gender differences in students’ beliefs and
that these beliefs are good predictors of mathematics achievement.
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