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ERIC Number: ED015873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
Pages: 74
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Reference Count: 0
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EFFECTS OF EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAMS IN MATHEMATICS ON RELEVANT ATTITUDES AND INTERESTS OF NINTH GRADE PUPILS AS MEASURED BY QUESTIONNAIRE INDICES. INTERIM REPORT.
RYAN, JAMES J.
THIS INTERIM REPORT COVERS ONE PHASE OF A BROADER PROGRAM AIMED AT STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF THREE EXPERIMENTAL MATHEMATICS PROGRAMS IN NINTH-GRADE ALGEBRA--BALL STATE, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL MATHEMATICS (UICSM), AND SCHOOL MATHEMATICS STUDY GROUP (SMSG)--ON THE ATTITUDES AND INTERESTS PUPILS DEVELOP TOWARD MATHEMATICS. THE SAMPLE CONSISTED OF 37 PAIRS OF NINTH-GRADE ALGEBRA CLASSES, EACH PAIR BEING TAUGHT BY THE SAME TEACHER, AND UTILIZING ONE OF THE THREE EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAMS (E), IN ONE CLASS, CONVENTIONAL METHODS (C) IN THE OTHER. TESTS WERE ADMINISTERED AT THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. TWO INSTRUMENTS, PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED BY OTHERS, WERE USED TO MEASURE INTEREST IN MATHEMATICS. A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS ALSO DEVELOPED TO MEASURE THESE SPECIFIC ATTITUDE AND INTEREST FACTORS--(1) INTRINSIC INTEREST, (2) PERCEIVED KNOWLEDGE, (3) PERCEIVED UTILITY, (4) EXPERIENCED EASE OR DIFFICULTY OF LEARNING, AND (5) ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION. OTHER EVALUATION MEASURES THAT WERE USED WERE (1) SEQUENTIAL TESTS OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS (STEP) TESTS, (2) EIGHTH-GRADE MATHEMATICS GRADES, AND (3) CONCURRENT YEAR, NINTH-GRADE MATHEMATICS GRADES. RESULTS, IN GENERAL, SHOWED LITTLE DIFFERENTIAL EFFECT IN PUPIL ATTITUDES AND INTERESTS BETWEEN THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, A CONSISTENT TENDENCY WAS REPORTED FOR PUPILS IN THE BALL STATE PROGRAM TO DEVELOP LESS POSITIVE ATTITUDES, AND THOSE IN THE UICSM PROGRAM TO DEVELOP MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDES THAN STUDENTS IN THE CONVENTIONAL PROGRAM. ALSO, IT WAS INDICATED THAT STUDENTS EXPERIENCED MORE LEARNING DIFFICULTY IN THE E PROGRAMS THAN DID STUDENTS IN THE C PROGRAMS. A LIST OF 12 REFERENCES IS INCLUDED. (DH)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Minnesota National Lab.
Identifiers: Aiken Mathematics Interest Scale; Ball State University IN; Dutton Mathematics Attitude Scale; School Mathematics Study Group