Math clubs and their potentials: Making mathematics fun and exciting. A case study of a math club

Elena C. Papanastasiou, Laurie Bottiger

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe the results obtained from a survey whose goal was to examine the combination of variables that have contributed to the success of a middle school math club. This is a case of a middle school in which the students are extremely successful in mathematics, and where the majority of the students voluntarily attend its math club. The results of the study show that the students have positive attitudes about mathematics and thea club, and that some of the reasons that influenced them to attend the club were those of being with friends and eating donuts at the club. The results were similar for students of both genders and all grades. In addition, since positive attitudes are associated with higher levels of math achievement, such clubs havea the potential to encourage students to enrol in additional mathematics classes while in high school, as well as pursuing mathematics related careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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