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An exploratory study on low attainers in primary mathematics
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Research Brief;12-001
This study explored the characteristics and learning experiences of low attainers in primary mathematics. Six research questions related to processes and practices were used by schools to identify, organize, motivate and address the diverse learning needs of low attainers as well as the characteristics of low attainers related to school, home and their learning experiences. The findings of the study show that the School Readiness Test and school-based semestral examinations were mainly used to identify low attainers in mathematics. The schools and teachers appeared to use a variety of approaches to address the diverse learning needs of these pupils and motivate them in their learning. The pupils found school mathematics word problems challenging. Generally, these pupils were not attentive in class and were easily distracted. These pupils also lacked support with their work outside of school. There also appeared to be a mismatch between pupils' desired form of classroom instruction and teachers' mode of instruction.
This brief was based on the project OER 34/08 BK: An Exploratory Study on Low Attainers in Primary Maths.
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