PISA 2012: Series on Learners Volume IV: What students think about school Publications
This report focuses on the link between attitudes towards school and maths achievement. Volume IV presents data which addresses the following areas:
- Attitudes towards school among New Zealand students compared with the OECD average.
- Impact of attitudes towards school on maths achievement in New Zealand.
- Differences in attitudes towards school evident by gender, socio-economic background, and ethnicity.
- Changes between 2003 and 2012 in the attitudes of New Zealand students.
Author(s): Michelle Lamy with Steve May, Comparative Education Research, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: November 2016
- Attitudes towards school have a moderate impact on maths achievement in New Zealand compared to student learning beliefs and approaches to learning examined in Volumes I and II of this series. Of participating PISA countries, New Zealand had one of the strongest links between attitudes towards school and maths achievement.
- New Zealand students' attitudes towards school tend to be more positive than the OECD average.
- There was no difference in attitudes towards school between New Zealand boys and girls.
- The difference in attitudes towards school between students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds in New Zealand is greater than the difference found in the OECD.
- Asian and Pasifika students in particular have very positive attitudes towards school. Attitudes among Pākehā and Māori students are close to the OECD average. Attitudes towards school tend to have a stronger impact on maths achievement of Pākehā students than other ethnic groups.
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