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Statistical literacy in the middle school: The relationship between interest, self-efficacy and prior mathematics achievement
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 03:15 authored by Carmichael, C, Rosemary CallinghamRosemary Callingham, Ian HayIan Hay, Jane WatsonJane Watson
This paper examines the relationship between key predictors of middle school students’ interest for statistical literacy, including their self-efficacy for statistical literacy and their prior mathematics achievement. Given the lack of research in the statistical literacy domain, a review of the mathematics education literature confirms the importance of self-efficacy and achievement in predicting interest and describes the nature of their influence on interest. The paper then reports on an empirical study involving a sample of 438 Australian middle school students from 8 schools across 3 states. Data from this study are used in a series of statistical models to confirm the influence of identified predictors and to study their inter-relationship. Results from the study suggest that the influence of prior achievement on interest is completely mediated by self-efficacy. In addition to this, the relationship between interest and self-efficacy appears to be quadratic, in that students with high levels of self-efficacy may not have corresponding high levels of interest. Implications for this research are then discussed.
Publication titleAustralian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
PublisherUniversity of Newcastle
Place of publicationAustralia