International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

SCHOOL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON MATHEMATICS ACHIEVEMENT
Madalina Tanase

Abstract
Students’ mathematics achievement is influenced by many factors. As such, the performance gap in mathematics between students from different countries was attributed in turn, to the teachers’ subject matter and pedagogical knowledge, curriculum development, native language, as well as parental teaching strategies. While research studies provided reasonable explanations for the performance gap, their limitation was to only analyze isolate factors believed to influence mathematics learning. This review challenges findings of current research studies, which analyzed these factors in isolation, advocating for developing a new lens to look at comparative studies, a more complex approach that considers the interactions of the many factors believed responsible for the mathematics success of a particular group of students.

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