Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Exploring the upward and downward shifts of student mathematical engagement

10 June 2015

A Research on Learning and Education Innovation seminar with Janette Bobis.

This presentation reports on an intervention study aimed at improving middle year (Years 5–7) students’ engagement in mathematics. Motivation and engagement levels in mathematics were assessed prior to and at the completion of a year-long intervention for two different cohorts of students in 2012 (N=339) and 2013 (N=319) using the Motivation and Engagement Scale (Martin, 2008). While 2012 data found downward shifts in student engagement were generally abated and even reversed for some aspects, 2013 results revealed a greater mix of ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ in student engagement levels. Reasons for the variation in findings of the two cohorts are the subject for discussion in this presentation and future exploration.

This seminar will be live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/.

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where:

    Room 612, Education Building A35

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 9351 2612

    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Arrive 10.45am for refreshments
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Janette Bobis is a mathematics educator and researcher in the  Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She teaches in the areas of primary and early childhood mathematics education and curriculum studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her teaching, research and publications focus on two inter-related areas:

        • teacher learning in mathematics education, particularly knowledge, beliefs and
          practices of primary and middle years teachers

        • student learning, predominantly concerned with their motivation and
          engagement in mathematics and their understanding of estimation and
          mental computation strategies.


Exploring the upward and downward shifts of student mathematical engagement

Where Room 612, Education Building A35

When

10 June 2015


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