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ERIC Number: EJ883874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Teacher Identification of Student Learned Helplessness in Mathematics
Yates, Shirley
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v21 n3 p86-106 2009
Teachers frequently encounter students with learned helplessness who are discouraged, turned off, or have given up trying to learn mathematics. Although learned helplessness has a long history in psychology, there has been no reliable means by which mathematics teachers can identify students exhibiting these debilitating yet changeable characteristic behaviours in the classroom. The psychometrically robust Rasch calibrated "Student Behaviour Scale" consisting of ten items rated on a five point scale provides teachers with an efficient interval measure of student learned helplessness and an ordered hierarchy of these behaviours as they are manifest in mathematics classrooms. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia