ERIC Number: ED052017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Student Attitudes, Perceived Parental Attitudes, and Socio-Economic Status as Predictors of Junior High School Mathematics Achievement.
Tocco, Thomas S.
Reported are the results of a correlational study designed to examine non-cognitive factors which might affect mathematical achievement in junior high school. These factors included student attitudes toward mathematics, student reports of their parents' attitudes toward mathematics, and socio-economic status of the students' families. Each of these factors was correlated with the others and with mathematical achievement. The sample for the study included 150 students selected randomly from the total population of students enrolled in mathematics courses at one junior high school. The questionnaire administered to the students utilized a modified version of the Dutton attitude scale, the Duncan extension of the National Opinion Research Center scales of occupational status, and a short scale designed to measure student reports of their parents' attitudes toward mathematics. The measure of mathematical achievement was the mean of four grade point averages from six-week grading periods and a mid-year examination score. Responses were analyzed for the total group, for subgroups divided by sex, for the total parent group, and for parent subgroups divided by sex. From the analysis it was concluded that student attitudes toward mathematics are directly related to their reports of their parents' attitudes toward mathematics and that student achievement in mathematics is directly related to student attitudes toward mathematics. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa.
Note: Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Anaheim, California, 1971