Breen, Sinead and Cleary, Joan and O'Shea, Ann
(2010)
Measuring Students’ Persistence on Unfamiliar Mathematical Tasks.
Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 30 (3).
pp. 1924.
Abstract
182 students responded to a number of Likertscale items regarding their persistence on
mathematical tasks. Rasch analysis was then used to construct a measure of persistence
from their responses and to assign persistence scores to each student. The same students,
all of whom were enrolled in the first year of a thirdlevel programme, also completed a
30minute test involving mathematics items from PISA. The latter, although
commensurate with the students' level of mathematical education, represented largely
unfamiliar tasks to the students and required the transfer of previously learned
mathematical knowledge and skills to a new context. The students' performance on these
items was used to construct a second measure of persistence. Initial findings indicate that
although the correlation between the selfreporting measure and the evidence provided
by the PISAtype test is statistically significant, there are some inconsistencies between
the selfreported data and observed behaviour.
Item Type: 
Article

Keywords: 
mathematics; persistence; unfamiliar tasks; selfreporting measures; 
Academic Unit: 
Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics 
Item ID: 
4904 
Depositing User: 
Dr. Ann O'Shea

Date Deposited: 
17 Apr 2014 12:28 
Journal or Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics 
Publisher: 
BSRLM 
Refereed: 
No 
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