Date of Award

2013

Embargo Period

11-27-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) BA/BTch (Hons)

Faculty

Education

School

Education

First Advisor

Dr Peter Beamish

Abstract

This qualitative case study aimed to investigate what teachers and students perceive as the key factors that drive student motivation and student engagement in the mathematics classroom. A year ten mathematics class was selected within a school in the Lake Macquarie region of NSW. Observations were made of the class and interviews were conducted with the teacher and four students. From the data it emerged that the key factor driving student motivation and student engagement in the mathematics classroom is the learning environment and particularly the notion of relationships, specifically the student-teacher relationship. This relationship, when based on the qualities of authenticity, belief, empowerment and life-long learning, enhances student motivation and engagement.

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