A1 Journal article – refereed
The Role of Beliefs and Motivational Variables in Enhancing Word Problem Solving

List of Authors: Nonmanut Pongsakdi, Eero Laakkonen, Teija Laine, Koen Veermans, Minna M. Hannula-Sormunen, Erno Lehtinen
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume number: 63
Issue number: 2
eISSN: 1470-1170


A Word Problem Enrichment programme (WPE) has been
found to increase student word problem solving performance when facing
non-routine and application problems. However, it is unknown if the WPE has an
impact on student beliefs
about word problem solving, and how the WPE works
for students with different motivation in learning mathematics. This study
investigated the impact of the WPE on student beliefs about word problem
solving by using advanced statistical methods (LPA and SEM) to analyse
relations among the different cognitive, motivation, and belief factors. A
total of 170 fourth- and sixth-grade students from elementary schools
participated. Results showed that the effects of WPE are various depending on
students’ initial motivation level. The impacts of the WPE on student beliefs
were found only in students with a low initial motivation level, while its
impacts on student problem-solving performance were found only in students with
a high initial motivation level.

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