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What’s the point? Impact of Ireland’s bonus points initiative on student profile in mathematics classrooms

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dc.contributor.author O'Meara, Niamh
dc.contributor.author Prendergast, Mark
dc.contributor.author Treacy, Páraic
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-26T15:15:17Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-26T15:15:17Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9663
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In 2012 mathematics was assigned a special status within the Irish post-primary school curriculum with the introduction of a bonus points initiative (BPI). Students are now awarded additional credit in their upper post-primary school state examination results if they achieve a passing grade in mathematics at higher level. This extra credit will increase the likelihood of these students securing a place on the third-level course of their choice. This incentive was introduced to encourage students to study mathematics at higher level. Anecdotally there have been mixed reviews about the success of the BPI. While the numbers taking higher level mathematics have increased steadily, there have been concerns that many students who are not capable of performing up to the standard required are now opting for the higher level paper and the difficulty of this examination and the marking schemes have been adjusted accordingly. This paper reports on a national study, the first of its kind, that was conducted to investigate teachers’ perspectives (N = 266) on the BPI. The authors investigate if the increase in the number of students studying higher level mathematics in Ireland has occurred in tandem with an increase in the mathematical proficiency of students and they ascertain the impact of the BPI on the profile of higher level mathematics classes. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Western Australian Institutes for Educational Research en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Issues in Educational Research, 30 (20)
dc.subject mathematics en_US
dc.subject Irish primary schools en_US
dc.title What’s the point? Impact of Ireland’s bonus points initiative on student profile in mathematics classrooms en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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