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Students' beliefs about hard work is associated with better mathematics performance

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Started by Tessa Gray 12 Mar 2014 11:12am () Replies (2)

Hi all, I see many threads in this group, already focus on the aspects of probelm solving in maths, so I thought you might be interested in the following...

Students' belief that success is earned through hard work is associated with better mathematics performance

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Congratulations, New Zealand can be proud - as we sit above the OECD average, in terms of percentage of students who believe they can succeed, if they invest enough effort into their work. Source: 
Do students have the drive to succeed?

For some time, we’ve come to know, children do better with their learning, if we provide some constructive feedback/feed forward. Telling kids they’re clever or smart does little to put them control of their learning. Instead they’ll come to think it's because they were born that way, rather than the belief that hard work and effort can make a difference.

In this paper, Do students have the drive to succeed? instilling values about perseverance, problem solving and hard work goes a long way in fostering educational success - in this case associated with better mathematics performance.

Setting tasks that encourage motivation and perseverance to solve complex problems (where the answers aren’t always obvious or immediate) also enables students to perform better.

Do you see how technologies might help here?


Also see: The Power of Feedback, John Hattie and Helen Timperley, Review of Educational Research, March 2007, Vol. 77, No. 1, pp. 81–112)


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