Factors that differentiate mathematics students in cyprus, hong kong, and the usa

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was twofold: to examine how attitudinal and instructional variables differentiated 4th-grade students in Cyprus, Hong Kong, and the USA; and to determine how those variables were related to math performance on the TIMSS test. A discriminant analysis was performed to examine how those variables differentiated the students in the 3 countries. The most striking result was that the students from all 3 countries, who were similar to the average students in Cyprus, had the highest achievement within their countries. Thus, 4th-grade students who liked math, who thought it was important to do well in math for their friends, who did not need private instruction, and who had not been taught using computers or small group procedures, tended to be the better students. However, students who were similar to the average USA student had the lowest achievement within each of the 3 countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-146
Number of pages18
JournalEducational Research and Evaluation
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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