THE EFFECT OF MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION BASED ON FLOW THEORY PRINCIPLES ENHANCED WITH REALISTIC MATHEMATICS EDUCATION ON STUDENTS' ACHIEVEMENT, RETENTION, MOTIVATION AND FLOW STATE

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2022-2
Ay, Yasin
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of mathematics instruction designed based on Flow Theory and RME on students’ achievement, retention, flow state and motivation. The study was conducted in 2017-2018 spring semester for 11 weeks at a state school in İzmir. In this study, quasi-experimental research design was used. After the groups were determined to be equivalent in the pretests, they were randomly assigned as experimental and control. The experimental group consisted of 37 students, while the control group consisted of 36 students. Additionally, qualitative data were collected to support the quantitative data. The data were collected through Mathematics Test, Flow State Scale, Mathematics Motivation Scale, observations, students’ diaries and interviews. The quantitative data were analyzed through descriptive statistics, t-tests, mixed ANOVA; determining alpha-level as .05. The qualitative data were analyzed through thematic analysis. The results indicated a significant difference between the mathematics retention scores of experimental and control groups, in favor of experimental group. There is also significant difference between posttest flow subdimension scores of experimental and control groups, in favor of experimental group. Additionally, significant difference was found between pretest and posttest flow subdimension, and between pretest and posttest boredom subdimension of experimental group, in favor of posttests. The results indicated that the mathematics motivation scores taken from posttest compared to pretest by the experimental group were significantly higher than the scores of the control group. The opinions of experimental group students about the instruction were investigated and results were discussed with relevant literature.

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Y. Ay, “THE EFFECT OF MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION BASED ON FLOW THEORY PRINCIPLES ENHANCED WITH REALISTIC MATHEMATICS EDUCATION ON STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT, RETENTION, MOTIVATION AND FLOW STATE,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.