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Albanian students’ motives for preferring certain real-life situations for learning mathematics


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Title Albanian students’ motives for preferring certain real-life situations for learning mathematics
Creator Kacerja, Suela; University of Agder, Norway
University Luigj Gurakuqi, Albania
Subject Mathematics Education Real-life situations; students' preferences;realistic interviews; realist paradigm
Description This article reports on a qualitative investigation of Albanian students’ motives for preferring certain real-life situations to be used in school mathematics, and possible connections of these motives to characteristics and issues within Albanian society. It is based on realistic interviews with students from Grades 8 and 9 in a school in the district of Shkodra in northern Albania. Interviews were conducted after students experienced five teaching units which dealt with mathematics embedded in real-life situations. Results are expressed in terms of contextmechanism-outcome configurations as proposed by critical realist theory. Most of the resultsare supported by those from a previous quantitative study which found that students prefer real-life situations which deal with computer games, being productive in a job, community development, and recreation, physical exercise and sport. An important mechanism uncovered in this study was the role of the mathematics that the topic introduced; degree of difficulty of the mathematics influenced the choice of preferred contexts by students. Preferences expressed by students are therefore to be considered with care.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2011-11-30
Type — Realistic interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v32i2.50
Source Pythagoras; Vol 32, No 2 (2011); 9 pages
Language en
Coverage Albania — Albanian
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