Getting fit for the Mathematical Olympiad: positive effects on achievement and motivation?
All around the world, there are numerous academic competitions (e.g., “Academic Olympiads”) and corresponding training courses to foster students’ competences and motivation. But do students’ competences and motivation really benefit from such courses? We developed and evaluated a course that was designed to prepare third and fourth graders to participate in the German Mathematical Olympiad. Its effectiveness was evaluated in a quasi-experimental pre- and posttest design (N = 201 students). Significant positive effects of the training were found for performance in the academic competition (for both third and fourth graders) as well as mathematical competences as measured with a curriculum-oriented test (for fourth graders only). Differential effects across grade levels (with more pronounced positive effects in fourth-grade students) were observed for students’ math self-concept and task-specific interest in mathematics, pointing to possible social comparison effects.
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- Mathematics Education Centre
Published inZeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft
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