ERIC Number: ED199051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics and 14-Year-Olds.
Kiryluk, Stephanie; Backhouse, John K.
Results of a survey of five Oxfordshire comprehensive schools regarding attitudes and opinions related to mathematics are reported. Three short scales dealing with perceptions about the use of mathematics, the teacher, and student interest were formed by adding the ratings of the items dealing with each category and averaging over the items in each scale. The sample consisted of 644 pupils who ranged from the top 25% to 50% of their year group. The investigation presents results of separate cluster analyses for boys and girls. Interviews with 44 pupils are reviewed for general impressions. The results of this research indicate that pupils generally view mathematics as a useful subject. Sex differences on items which were intended to be predictive of choice of mathematics for study were in favor of males. Students' responses suggest strongly that the best way to increase interest in the subject is to help them to understand it. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oxford Univ. (England). Dept. of Educational Studies.
Identifiers: England; Mathematics Education Research
Note: Contains light and broken type.