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Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics

Exploring Student Clusters Across Countries and Time

Authors: Michaelides, M., Brown, G.T.L., Eklöf, H., Papanastasiou, E.

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  • Uses TIMSS data collected from multiple countries across twenty years
  • Employs a person-centered approach to explore student clusters using motivation and affect variables
  • Uncovers meaningful clusters of students with consistent or more nuanced motivational profiles
  • Identifies student profiles with inconsistent motivation scores, where self-confidence levels are closely aligned with average achievement
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This open access book presents a person-centered exploration of student profiles, using variables related to motivation to do school mathematics derived from the IEA’s Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) data. Statistical cluster analysis is used to identify groups of students with similar motivational profiles, across grades and over time, for multiple participating countries.

While motivational variables systematically relate to school outcomes, linear relationships can obscure the diverse makeup of student subgroups, each with varying combinations of motivation, emotions, and attitudes. In this book, a person-centered analysis of distinct and meaningful motivational profiles and their differences on sociodemographic variables and mathematics performance broadens understanding about the role that motivation characteristics play in learning and achievement in mathematics. 

Exploiting the richness of IEA’s TIMSS data from many countries, extracted clusters reveal consistent, as well as certain nuanced patterns that are systematically linked to sociodemographic and achievement measures. Student clusters with inconsistent motivational profiles were found in all countries; mathematics self-confidence then emerged as the variable more closely associated with average achievement. The findings demonstrate that teachers, researchers, and policymakers need to take into account differential student profiles, prioritizing techniques that target skill and competence in mathematics, in educational efforts to develop student motivation.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction to Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics

    Pages 1-7

    Michaelides, Michalis P. (et al.)

  • The Relationship of Motivation with Achievement in Mathematics

    Pages 9-23

    Michaelides, Michalis P. (et al.)

  • Methodology: Cluster Analysis of Motivation Variables in the TIMSS Data

    Pages 25-40

    Michaelides, Michalis P. (et al.)

  • Cluster Analysis Results for TIMSS 2015 Mathematics Motivation by Grade and Jurisdiction

    Pages 41-71

    Michaelides, Michalis P. (et al.)

  • Cluster Analysis Findings Over 20 Years of TIMSS

    Pages 73-83

    Michaelides, Michalis P. (et al.)

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26183-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
Softcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics
Book Subtitle
Exploring Student Clusters Across Countries and Time
Authors
Series Title
IEA Research for Education
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26183-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26183-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26182-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-26185-6
Series ISSN
2366-1631
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 144
Number of Illustrations
49 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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