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Tomperi, P., Kvivesen, M., Manshadi, S., Uteng, S., Ryzhkova, I., Shestova, Y., Lyash, O., Lazareva, I., & Lyash, A. (2020). The three-factor model: A study of common features in students’ attitudes towards studying and learning science and mathematics in the three countries of the North Calotte region. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 8(1), 89–106. https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.8.1.1369

The three-factor model : a study of common features in students’ attitudes towards studying and learning science and mathematics in the three countries of the North Calotte region

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Author: Tomperi, Päivi1; Ryzhkova, Inna2; Shestova, Yulia2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Education, Finland
2The Murmansk Arctic State University MASU, Faculty of math and science, Maths, Physics and ICT department, Russia
3UiT The Artic University of Norway, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Education, Norway
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.5 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020060340481
Language: English
Published: LUMA Centre Finland, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-03
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Abstract

This study investigated common features of students’ attitudes towards studying science and mathematics in comprehensive and secondary schools in three countries. Data were obtained by conducting a survey (N = 581) in Norway, Finland and Russia. A Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) provided a model with a three-factor solution consisting of factors: the perception of the teacher, anxiety towards science and mathematics, and motivation. The results suggest that most students are motivated to study sciences and mathematics. Data analysis indicate gender differences in attitudes to students’ future studies and career plans. Most girls recognized the importance of these subjects for their future studies and careers, while boys showed more interest than girls in local career opportunities in industry. Teachers have a significant role in directing students’ attitudes toward science and mathematics. Students experienced that the teachers who use innovative teaching approaches, both motivate and reduce anxiety, in their learning process.

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Series: LUMAT. International journal on math, science and technology education
ISSN: 2323-7112
ISSN-E: 2323-7112
ISSN-L: 2323-7112
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Pages: 89 - 106
DOI: 10.31129/LUMAT.8.1.1369
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.8.1.1369
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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Funding: The project is funded by the Kolarctic CBC, EU, Russia, Norway and Finland. This article has been produced with the assistance of the European Union.
Copyright information: Copyright (c) 2020 Johannes Pernaa. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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