ERIC Number: ED215831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Mathematics Participation of Highly Able Mexican American Adolescents.
Gemmill, Linda M.; And Others
Approximately 700 Mexican American and Anglo students in grades 9, 10, and 11, who were identified as having superior mathematical ability, were surveyed to identify the factors affecting mathematics participation, determine the relative importance of these factors, and determine their stability over time. Five variables were studied: cognitive style, alienation, language environment, acculturation, and locus of control. Dependent variables were planned participation in high school mathematics and grades achieved in math classes. Students were given the Math-Related Decision Instrument, which measured the influential decision factors and the degree of influence of each variable; and the Group Embedded Figures Test, which determined cognitive style. Two-way analyses of variance were used to determine if sex or ethnicity affected the score obtained on the cognitive style measure or the number of math courses a student planned to take in high school. Findings indicated that cognitive style was significantly related to both planned math participation and grades in mathematics; the more alienated a student felt the fewer math courses were planned; sex was a determining factor in a student's planned mathematics participation while ethnicity was not; and locus of control significantly affected the number of math courses a student planned to take. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).