ERIC Number: EJ1095376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Confidence in Mathematics and Algebra Achievement of Eighth-Grade Students in Japan: Findings from the TIMSS 2011 Assessment
House, J. Daniel; Telese, James A.
Education, v135 n2 p252-256 Win 2014
There is continuing interest in the identification of student and instructional factors associated with the mathematics achievement of students in Japan. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assessments have provided opportunities to examine factors associated with mathematics achievement. The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships between confidence in mathematics and algebra test scores for eighth-grade students in Japan using data from the TIMSS 2011 assessment. There were a number of significant results from this study. Students who showed high levels of algebra achievement tended to indicate that they usually did well in mathematics and learned things quickly in mathematics. Similarly, students who felt they were good at working out difficult problems tended to show high test scores. Conversely, students who reported negative comparisons of themselves to their classmates tended to earn lower test scores. These findings indicate that it is important to consider student confidence in mathematics when assessing factors associated with algebra achievement.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Mathematics Achievement, Algebra, International Assessment, Science Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Tests, Science Tests, Correlation, Self Esteem, Scores, Self Concept, Problem Solving, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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