Exploring Differential Effects of Mathematics Courses on Mathematics Achievement

Xin Ma, Laureen J. McIntyre
2005 Canadian Journal of Education  
Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Mathematics Participation (N = 1,518 students from 34 schools), we investigated the effects of pure and applied mathematics courses on mathematics achievement, controlling for prior mathematics achievement. Results of multilevel modelling showed that the effects of pure mathematics were significant after adjusting for traditionally important student-level predictors of achievement and for school effects. The effects of mathematics courses varied
more » ... rses varied significantly across schools. Students taking pure mathematics achieved higher in smaller schools, particularly schools with higher teacher commitment. Students taking applied mathematics achieved higher if they attended smaller schools.
doi:10.2307/4126457 fatcat:5dw27hyh7jaqxcfy53pzwkmmhq