Students’ attitudes towards learning mathematics: Impact of teaching in a sporting context

Anantika Sanchal, Sashi Sharma


This study investigated the impact on Year 10 students’ attitudes towards mathematics when learning mathematics in a sporting context. A closed ended, self-reported questionnaire with Likert type statements was used to collect data. Individual statements were analysed by comparing the percentage of students agreeing or disagreeing pre-teaching and post-teaching. In this study, students’ attitude comprised of their confidence, awareness of mathematics and engagement. This study suggests that when students learn in a sporting context, their confidence, seeing the importance of mathematics and engagement increases. The paper also considers implications for teachers, teacher educators and for scholars who are interested in further research. 


Attitudes; engagement; confidence; importance of mathematics; sports

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