Educational Research Journal



Architectures of Mathematics Beliefs: Individual and School-Level Differences Among Hong Kong Primary 6 Students

2005.第20卷第1期(Vol. 20 No. 1).pp. 27–55
 

Architectures of Mathematics Beliefs: Individual and School-Level Differences Among Hong Kong Primary 6 Students

Ming-Ming CHIU, Ngai-Ying WONG, Chi-Chung LAM, Ka-Ming Patrick WONG, Frederick Koon-Shing LEUNG, & Ida Ah-Chee MOK(趙明明、黃毅英、林智中、黃家鳴、梁貫成、莫雅慈)

Abstract

Students' beliefs influence their learning, so teachers can help students learn by cultivating constructive beliefs and amending harmful ones. Teacher influence is likely greater if student beliefs are loosely structured but weaker if student beliefs are coherent and tightly structured. We examined the structure of students' beliefs by analyzing the questionnaire responses of 2,736 Hong Kong Primary 6 students. Students' mathematics beliefs about formulas, learning by understanding, usefulness, easiness, and interest showed a strong and stable nested structure. This nested structure included a general factor and specific factors for formula, usefulness, easiness and interest. Individual differences accounted for most of the variation among student beliefs (on average, 92% at the student level and 8% at the school level). Several of these beliefs correlated with gender, tutoring, and time spent doing mathematics homework.

Keywords: mathematics beliefs; knowledge structure; mathematics education

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