Effects of a mathematics instruction enriched with portfolio activities on seventh grade students' achievement, motivation and learning strategies

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2012
Özdemir, Sarem
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a mathematics instruction enriched with portfolio activities on seventh grade North Cyprus students’ mathematics achievement, motivation and learning strategies. A Doubly Repeated MANOVA measures experimental - control groups pretest-to posttest-to-retention test design was used. Convenience sampling was used in the study. 69 students from 102 formed the experimental and the control groups respectively. Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire and mathematics achievement test were administered to treatment groups across three time periods. A semi-structured interview was conducted with 28 students in the experimental group. According to the findings, it was seen that the students who followed a portfolio-enriched instruction performed better in mathematics achievement, critical thinking, metacognitive self-regulation skills and extrinsic goal orientation compared to the students who followed a traditional instruction. v The findings showed that the differences for the post testing between the two groups were greater on metacognitive self-regulation and mathematics achievement test. Besides, differences for the retention testing between the two groups were greater on critical thinking and mathematics achievement test. Interview results of the study revealed that some students had emotional experiences with the portfolios. Students explained the strengths and weakness of portfolio. Furthermore, they utilized from internet, book or their peer to prepare their porfolios. The findings revealed that portfolio-enriched instruction is helpful especially in improving students’ mathematics achievement, critical thinking, metacognitive self-regulation skills and extrinsic goal orientation. Preparing a handbook and meta-curriculum for teachers is recommended in all educational settings, which may help them to develop classroom instruction according to the students’ special needs.

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S. Özdemir, “Effects of a mathematics instruction enriched with portfolio activities on seventh grade students’ achievement, motivation and learning strategies,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2012.