Factors affecting students’ achievement in Mathematics and statistics in secondary schools and its influence on studying statistics”. A rapid review
64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada
Format: CPS Abstract
Session: CPS 54 - Teaching statistics I
Tuesday 18 July 4 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. (Canada/Eastern)
Introduction: Mathematics is seen by society as the foundation of scientific technological knowledge that is vital in social-economic development of a nation. In fact studies suggest that mathematics as a subject affects all aspects of human life at different levels. This study is a rapid systematic review of different studies to establish factors affecting students’ achievement in Mathematics and statistics in secondary schools and its influence on studying statistics at University.
Methods: This paper is a scoping rapid review of factors affecting students’ achievement in mathematics. We searched literature on student achievement in mathematics. We used ERIC database and supplemented with Google Scholar and random Google search. Twenty seven articles met the final selection criteria and were reviewed.
Results: The teaching methods, teachers’ attitude, students’ attitude towards mathematics were noted as key factors in almost all articles reviewed. There seemed to be consistency too that parents can exert a positive influence on their children’s mathematical performance, classroom environment, students’ previous mathematics achievement and gender related factors.
Conclusions: Student achievement at secondary level determines whether they will opt to or qualify to study statistics at university. From this review, it is imperative that these factors be addressed early in the students’ career so as to have more student enrollment for statistics at tertiary institutions.