Investigating school mathematics performance and affect: a critique of research methods and instruments

Gilah C. Leder

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In this chapter research relating to school mathematics is used as an instance to critique commonly used methods and instruments employed in educational research to determine performance and single or multiple aspects of affect. Advances in technology that have enabled the adaption of previously used instruments are described. Self-report measures, administered face-to-face and on-line, and real-time and virtual observational methods are discussed in some detail. Illustrative data from specific studies are provided. Interpreting the different measurement outcomes is, it is argued, far from unproblematic. This discussion raises issues relevant to research in a range of paradigms but is particularly pertinent to educational research conducted in the neo-positivist paradigm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods and Paradigms in Education Research
EditorsLorraine Ling, Peter Ling
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781522517399
ISBN (Print)9781522517382
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Educational Marketing, Administration, and Leadership (AEMAL)
ISSN (Print)2326-9022
ISSN (Electronic)2326-9030

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