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School and individual predictors of mathematics achievement in South Africa: the mediating role of learner aspirations

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-27T10:15:19Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-27T10:15:19Z
dc.date.issued 2021-02-10 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15722
dc.description.abstract Extant literature has demonstrated the importance of individual and school-related factors in improving mathematics achievement. Despite this, there is still a gap in research to understand the mediating role of educational aspiration in mathematics achievement. The aim of the present study is to test the relationship between self-efficacy, school resources, positive school climate and mathematics achievement as mediated by learner aspirations. Using a nationally representative sample of 12,514 learners from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and structural equation modelling, we determined the model fit of a mediated relationship between self-efficacy, school resources, positive school climate and mathematics achievement. Findings from the structural equation modelling in addition to good fit indices revealed that self-efficacy, learner aspiration and school resources were positively related to mathematics achievement. However, there was an unexpected negative relationship between positive school climate and achievement. Learner educational aspirations mediated the relationship between positive self-efficacy, positive school climate with achievement. In order to improve educational achievement, interventions must include both the school and individual factors where interactions between positive self-efficacy and aspirations contribute to improved learner achievement. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject MATHEMATICS en
dc.subject LEARNERS en
dc.subject EDUCATION en
dc.subject SCHOOLS en
dc.subject ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT en
dc.subject PERSONAL EFFICACY en
dc.title School and individual predictors of mathematics achievement in South Africa: the mediating role of learner aspirations en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 25(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.SourceTitle African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11739 en
dc.PageNumber 65-76 en
dc.outputnumber 10884 en
dc.bibliographictitle Wilson Fadiji, A. & Reddy, V. (2021) School and individual predictors of mathematics achievement in South Africa: the mediating role of learner aspirations. <i>African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education</i>. 25(1):65-76. en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Wilson Fadiji, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Reddy, V. en


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