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Lazarides, Rebecca; Rubach, Charlott – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

This longitudinal study examined relationships between student-perceived teaching for meaning, support for autonomy, and competence in mathematic classrooms (Time 1), and students' achievement goal orientations and engagement in mathematics 6 months later (Time 2). We tested whether student-perceived instructional characteristics at Time 1…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Goal Orientation, Learner Engagement

Muir, Tracey; Geiger, Vince – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Teaching secondary mathematics has a number of challenges, including the expectations that teachers cover the prescribed curriculum, help students learn difficult concepts, prepare students for future studies, and, increasingly, that they do so incorporating digital technologies. This study investigates a teacher's, and his students', perceptions…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes

Lim, Siew Yee; Chapman, Elaine – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

The Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) is a comprehensive and widely used instrument for assessing motivation based on the self-determination theory. Currently, no such comprehensive instrument exists to assess the different domains of motivation (stipulated by the self-determination theory) in mathematics education at the pre-tertiary level (grades…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Motivation

Dickerson, David S.; Doerr, Helen M. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

Proof serves many purposes in mathematics. In this qualitative study of 17 high school mathematics teachers, we found that these teachers perceived that two of the most important purposes for proof in school mathematics were (a) to enhance students' mathematical understanding and (b) to develop generalized thinking skills that were…

Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Students, Mathematics Instruction

Stillman, Gloria; Brown, Jill P. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

Data from open modelling sessions for year 10 and 11 students at an extracurricular modelling event and from a year 9 class participating in a programme of structured modelling of real situations were analysed for evidence of Niss's theoretical construct, "implemented anticipation," during mathematisation. Evidence was found for all…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Models, Knowledge Level, Secondary School Students

Staples, Megan E.; Truxaw, Mary P. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2012

This article presents an examination of the language demands of cognitively demanding tasks and proposes an initial framework for the language demands of higher-order mathematics thinking practices. We articulate four categories for this framework: "language of generalisation," "language of comparison," "language of proportional reasoning," and…

Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Grade 9, Thinking Skills, Executive Function

Yang, Kai-Lin; Lin, Fou-Lai – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2012

This study compared the effects of reading-oriented tasks and writing-oriented tasks on students' reading comprehension of geometry proof (RCGP). The reading-oriented tasks were designed with reading strategies and the idea of problem posing. The writing-oriented tasks were consistent with usual proof instruction for writing a proof and applying…

Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Reading Comprehension

Chavez, Oscar; Papick, Ira; Ross, Daniel J.; Grouws, Douglas A. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2011

This article describes the process of development of assessment instruments for a three-year longitudinal comparative study that focused on evaluating American high school students' mathematics learning from two distinct approaches to content organization: curriculum built around a sequence of three full-year courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Interrater Reliability, Scoring Rubrics

Chinnappan, Mohan – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2010

In the present study, I examine a modelling strategy as employed by a teacher in the context of an algebra lesson. The actions of this teacher suggest that a modelling approach will have a greater impact on enriching student learning if we do not lose sight of the need to manage associated cognitive loads that could either aid or hinder the…

Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Algebra, Teaching Methods, Models

Brandell, Gerd; Hemmi, Kristi; Thunberg, Hans – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

Transition problems from secondary to tertiary level in mathematics have been a recurrent issue in Sweden. This paper summarises the development during the last decades. Results from two recent research studies that illuminate the transition problem are presented. The first one, based on empirical data from a major Swedish technical university,…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Logic, Transitional Programs, Achievement Gap

Novotna, Jarmila; Hoch, Maureen – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

Many students have difficulties with basic algebraic concepts at high school and at university. In this paper two levels of algebraic structure sense are defined: for high school algebra and for university algebra. We suggest that high school algebra structure sense components are sub-components of some university algebra structure sense…

Descriptors: High Schools, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Foreign Countries

Bradley, Kelly; Sampson, Shannon; Royal, Kenneth – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2006

Teacher quality has become a national policy concern in the US, especially in mathematics. This study provides insights into the conceptualisation of high quality mathematics teaching from the perspective of approximately 750 students in grades nine through twelve. Results from Rasch analysis yield information about the quality of the "Mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Rating Scales, Student Attitudes

Planas, Nuria; Gorgorio, Nuria – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2004

We analyse social interactions during the first days of class in a secondary mathematics classroom (15 and 16-year-olds) with a high percentage of immigrant students. Our analyses show the co-existence of different models for both the interpretation and the use of classroom social norms and socio-mathematical norms. Valorising some behaviours over…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Interpersonal Relationship

Stillman, Gloria – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2004

A cognitive/metacognitive framework is presented for analysing applications tasks and responses to these. Conditions facilitating or impeding access to such tasks at the upper secondary level were identified using qualitative data analysis techniques within this framework. Strategies employed in exploiting, or overcoming these conditions were…

Descriptors: High School Students, Data Analysis, Metacognition, Mathematical Applications

Groth, Randall – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2003

The study describes levels of thinking in regard to the design of statistical studies. Clinical interviews were conducted with 15 students who were enrolled in high school or were recent high school graduates, and who represented a range of mathematical backgrounds. During the clinical interview sessions students were asked how they would go about…

Descriptors: Statistical Studies, High School Graduates, High School Students, Design Preferences