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Yusuf Feyisara Zakariya

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

J3056 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

Research interests

Yusuf has research interests is in mathematics teaching and learning following an overarching philosophy of developmental research in which an observed practice is examined, changes are proposed, implemented, and evaluated to improve the practice. 

He is open to international collaborations using various state-of-the-art research methodologies in mathematics education. However, his expertise is in quantitative methods. From the basic mean difference tests e.g., t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, and MANCOVA, through multiple regression analysis, path analysis, item response theory, exploratory/confirmatory factor analysis, to advanced methods in structural equation modelling e.g., causal modelling, multigroup analysis, multilevel modelling, growth modelling, and latent class analysis.

Scientific publications

  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Barattucci, Massimiliano; Fernández-Cézar, Raquel; Solano-Pinto, Natalia (2022). Analysis of relations between attitude towards mathematics, prior knowledge, self-efficacy, expected and actual grades in mathematics. Proceedings of the Twelfth Congress of the European Research Society in Mathematics Education (CERME12). ISBN: 0000000000000. European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Conference paper.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2022). Improving students' mathematics self-efficacy: A systematic review of intervention studies. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN: 1664-1078. 13doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.986622.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Midttun, Øystein; Nyberg, Svein Olav Glesaaen; Gjesteland, Thomas (2022). Reforming the Teaching and Learning of Foundational Mathematics Courses: An Investigation into the Status Quo of Teaching, Feedback Delivery, and Assessment in a First-Year Calculus Course. Mathematics. ISSN: 2227-7390. 10 (13). doi:10.3390/math10132164.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Barratucci, Massimiliano (2022). Short form of revised two-factor study process questionnaire: Development, validation, and cross-validation in two European countries. Studies in Educational Evaluation. ISSN: 0191-491X. 75doi:10.1016/j.stueduc.2022.101206.
  • Barattucci, Massimiliano; Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Ramaci, Tiziana (2021). Academic Achievement and Delay: A Study with Italian Post-Graduate Students in Psychology. International Journal of Instruction. ISSN: 1694-609X. 14 (4). s 1 - 20.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Nilsen, Hans Kristian; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten; Goodchild, Simon (2021). Analysis of relationships between prior knowledge, approaches to learning, and mathematics performance among engineering students. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. ISSN: 0020-739X. doi:10.1080/0020739X.2021.1984596.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2021). Application of an innovative alignment optimisation method to a cross-cultural mean comparison of teacher self-efficacy: A cross-country study. Heliyon. ISSN: 2405-8440. 7 (22). doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e08212.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Massimiliano, Barattucci (2021). Development of mathematics motivation scale: A preliminary exploratory study with a focus on secondary school students. International Journal of Progressive Education. ISSN: 1554-5210. 17 (1). s 314 - 324. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2020.329.20.
  • Njoga, E. O.; Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Jaja, I. F.; Okoli, C. E.; Mshelbwala, P. P. (2021). Global epidemiology of coronavirus disease 2019 and lessons for effective control of this and future pandemics. International Journal of One Health. ISSN: 2455-5673. 7 (1). s 78 - 87. doi:10.14202/IJOH.2021.78-87.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2021). Self-efficacy between previous and current mathematics performance of undergraduate students: an instrumental variable approach to exposing a causal relationship. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN: 1664-1078. 11s 1 - 11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.556607.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2021). Variations of engineering students’ attitude towards mathematics across gender and age: A MIMIC model approach. The proceeding of 20th SEFI Special Interest Group in Mathematics - SIG in Mathematics conference. ISBN: 9782873520229. Société européenne pour la formation des ingénieurs (SEFI). Conference paper. s 51 - 56.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Nilsen, Hans Kristian; Goodchild, Simon; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten (2020). Assessing first-year engineering students’ pre-university mathematics knowledge: Preliminary validity results based on an item response theory model. Journal of Technology and Science Education (JOTSE). ISSN: 2014-5349. 10 (2). s 259 - 270. doi:10.3926/jotse.1017.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2020). Effects of school climate and teacher selfefficacy on job satisfaction of mostly STEM teachers: a structural multigroup invariance approach. International Journal of STEM Education. ISSN: 2196-7822. 7 (1). s 1 - 12. doi:10.1186/s40594-020-00209-4.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2020). Exposing Empirical Links between COVID-19 Situation Report and Available Data: The Case of Nigeria. Diseases. ISSN: 2079-9721. 8 (4). doi:10.3390/diseases8040038.
  • Ginga, Umar A.; Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2020). Impact of a Social Constructivist Instructional Strategy on Performance in Algebra with a Focus on Secondary School Students. Education Research International. ISSN: 2090-4002. doi:10.1155/2020/3606490.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Nilsen, Hans Kristian; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten; Goodchild, Simon (2020). Impact of attitude on approaches to learning mathematics: a structural equation modelling approach. Proceedings of the Third Conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics. University of Carthage and INDRUM. TWG2. s 268 - 277.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2020). Investigating Some Construct Validity Threats to TALIS 2018 Teacher Job Satisfaction Scale: Implications for Social Science Researchers and Practitioners. Social Sciences. ISSN: 2076-0760. 9 (4). doi:10.3390/socsci9040038.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Nilsen, Hans Kristian; Goodchild, Simon; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten (2020). Self-efficacy and approaches to learning mathematics among engineering students: empirical evidence for potential causal relations. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. ISSN: 0020-739X. s 1 - 16. doi:10.1080/0020739X.2020.1783006.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Nilsen, Hans Kristian; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten; Goodchild, Simon (2020). Singular and combined effects of learning approaches, self-efficacy and prior knowledge on university students’ performance in mathematics. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME). ISSN: 2474-9346. s 1003 - 1009.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten; Nilsen, Hans Kristian (2020). Teacher job satisfaction across 38 countries and economies: An alignment optimization approach to a cross-cultural mean comparison. International Journal of Educational Research. ISSN: 0883-0355. 101doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2020.101573.
  • Farsani, Danyal; Radmehr, Farzad; Alizadeh, Mohadaseh; Zakariya, Yusuf F. (2020). Unpacking the black-box of students’ visual attention in Mathematics and English classrooms: Empirical evidence using mini-video recording gadgets. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. ISSN: 0266-4909. s 1 - 9. doi:10.1111/jcal.12522.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf; Goodchild, Simon; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten; Nilsen, Hans Kristian (2019). Calculus Self-Efficacy Inventory: Its Development and Relationship with Approaches to Learning. Education Sciences. ISSN: 2227-7102. 9 (3). s 1 - 14. doi:10.3390/educsci9030170.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf (2019). Study Approaches in Higher Education Mathematics: Investigating the Statistical Behaviour of an Instrument Translated into Norwegian. Education Sciences. ISSN: 2227-7102. 9 (3). doi:10.3390/educsci9030191.
  • Zakariya, Yusuf F.; Bjørkestøl, Kirsten; Nilsen, Hans Kristian; Goodchild, Simon; Lorås, Madeleine (2019). University students’ learning approaches: An adaptation of the revised two-factor study process questionnaire to Norwegian. Studies in Educational Evaluation. ISSN: 0191-491X. 64doi:10.1016/j.stueduc.2019.100816.

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