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Reference: Dowker, A, Bennett, K and Smith, L, (2012). Attitudes to mathematics in primary school children. Child Development Research, 2012.Citable link to this page:


Attitudes to mathematics in primary school children

Abstract: 44 Grade 3 children and 45 Grade 5 children from English primary schools were given the British abilities scales basic number skills subtest, and a Mathematics Attitude and Anxiety Questionnaire, using pictorial rating scales to record their Self-rating for maths, Liking for maths, Anxiety about maths, and Unhappiness about poor performance in mathematics. There were few year group differences in attitudes. Boys rated themselves higher than girls, but did not differ significantly in actual performance. Overall, Anxiety was not related to actual performance, but Self-rating was. This relationship between Self-rating and actual performance seemed to develop between Grade 3 and Grade 5. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Peer Review status:Peer reviewedPublication status:PublishedVersion:Publisher's versionNotes:Copyright © 2012 Ann Dowker et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation

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Journal: Child Development Researchsee more from them

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Issue Date: 2012Identifiers

Urn: uuid:fd59c94f-deb8-43f5-b5da-23c6c12ee921

Source identifier: 363777

Eissn: 2090-3995


Issn: 2090-3987 Item Description

Type: Journal article;

Language: English

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: Young children Primary school Mathematical development Attitudes Mathematics anxiety Tiny URL: pubs:363777


Autor: Dowker, A - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology - - - Bennett, K - institutionUniversity of Oxfo



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