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Productive and ineffective efforts: how student effort in high school mathematics relates to college calculus success. (English)
Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 45, No. 7, 996-1020 (2014).
Summary: Relativizing the popular belief that student effort is the key to success, this article finds that effort in the most advanced mathematics course in US high schools is not consistently associated with college calculus performance. We distinguish two types of student effort: productive and ineffective efforts. Whereas the former carries the commonly expected benefits, the latter is associated with negative consequences. Time spent reading the course text in US high schools was negatively related to college~calculus performance. Daily study time, however, was found to be either a productive or an ineffective effort, depending on the level of high school mathematics course and the student’s performance in it.
Classification: C44 C34 D34 D44
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