Maths attitudes, school affect and teacher characteristics as predictors of maths attainment trajectories in primary and secondary education

Evans, Danielle and Field, Andy P (2020) Maths attitudes, school affect and teacher characteristics as predictors of maths attainment trajectories in primary and secondary education. Royal Society Open Science, 7 (10). pp. 1-25. ISSN 2054-5703

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Abstract

Maths attainment is essential for a wide range of outcomes relating to further education, careers, health and the wider economy. Research suggests a significant proportion of adults and adolescents are underachieving in maths within the UK, making this a key area for research. This study investigates the role of children's perceptions of the school climate (children's affect towards school and student–teacher relationships), their attitudes towards maths and teacher characteristics as predictors of maths attainment trajectories, taking the transition from primary to secondary education into consideration. Two growth models were fit using secondary data analysis of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The first model, which looked at predictors of maths attainment in primary education, found significant associations only between positive maths attitudes and increased maths attainment. The second model, which looked at predictors of maths attainment in secondary education, found significant associations between increased maths attainment and positive maths attitudes, decreased school belonging, positive student–teacher relationships and increased teacher fairness. The findings suggest that the secondary education school environment is particularly important for maths attainment.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 08:03
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2020 12:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94097

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