MULAJ, Isa and OSMANAJ, Osman (2022) MOTIVATION IN MATHEMATICS: THE CASE OF A GYMNASIUM IN PEJA DISTRICT OF KOSOVO. Journal of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of UT, 7 (13-14). pp. 130-139. ISSN 2671-3039

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Using the secondary data for 250 and primary data through a survey of 25 students from a gymnasium in Peja district, Kosovo, this paper finds good or appropriate curricula and fear of failure or repeating the year not a factor in better grades but on motivation mainly coming from the teacher. Compared to the rest of the subjects and overall student performance, mathematics still remains with the poorest results on average. This is in line with earlier PISA test findings which ranked Kosovo very low, with mathematics being even lower. The average result in mathematics of 2.95 (for the grades from 1 fail to 5 excellent) in this case study is below the overall success of the students. While the causes of poorer results in mathematics versus other subjects have been observed in the rest of Kosovo’s upper secondary schools and gymnasiums, the modest contribution of this paper through a small survey is in identifying the factors which work better as a driver of motivation for better results. Given that self-efficiency by the students in this case study was not found to have any significant impact on motivation, it is recommended to tighten the criteria against easier passing grades in mathematics regardless of overall success. Due to small size of the sample with primary data at a given time or year, the descriptive method is used to interpret the main findings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: motivation, teaching, mathematics, performance, gymnasium
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Mathematics
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2022 13:08
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 13:08

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