Location

Mezzanine M1

Start Date

8-8-2016 11:15 AM

End Date

8-8-2016 12:30 PM

Subjects

Mathematics teaching, Teaching effectiveness, Student engagement, Numeracy, Mathematics achievement, Mathematics attitudes, Classroom environment, Low achievement, Disadvantaged, Socioeconomic background, International programs, Comparative analysis

Comments

Concurrent session Block 1

Abstract

One in five Australian 15-year-old students was found to be failing to achieve what the OECD describes as a basic level of mathematical literacy to enable students to actively participate in 21st century life. In many cases, these students are also unmotivated and disengaged with schooling, perceive their school experience in a negative light, and have low aspirations for the future. In a disproportionate number of cases, low-achieving students come from low socio-economic backgrounds, have an Indigenous background, and live in rural areas. This paper investigates the relationship of these and other demographic and educational background variables with being a low achiever, using data from PISA 2012. Lifting achievement in mathematics may also improve motivation and engagement.

Place of Publication

Melbourne Vic

Publisher

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

ISBN

9781742864075

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Aug 8th, 11:15 AM Aug 8th, 12:30 PM

Session B : Lifting Australian performance in mathematics

Mezzanine M1

One in five Australian 15-year-old students was found to be failing to achieve what the OECD describes as a basic level of mathematical literacy to enable students to actively participate in 21st century life. In many cases, these students are also unmotivated and disengaged with schooling, perceive their school experience in a negative light, and have low aspirations for the future. In a disproportionate number of cases, low-achieving students come from low socio-economic backgrounds, have an Indigenous background, and live in rural areas. This paper investigates the relationship of these and other demographic and educational background variables with being a low achiever, using data from PISA 2012. Lifting achievement in mathematics may also improve motivation and engagement.