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ERIC Number: ED062173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Pages: 75
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Factors Associated with the Selection of Advanced Academic Mathematics Courses by Girls in High School.
Haven, Elizabeth W.
This study sought to identify factors that motivate girls to complete a four-year sequence of academic mathematics. Forty variables involving community, family, school and personal factors were measured and analyzed by a MANOVA for correlations with two criterion variables. The first criterion was a classification of schools on the basis of the fraction of its college-bound graduates who successfully completed at least one semester of advanced mathematics in their senior year; no factor was found which was well correlated with this criterion. The second criterion classified the students by whether they were taking advanced mathematics and whether they intended to major in a strongly mathematics-related subject at college. Well correlated with this criterion were a belief that high school mathematics would be useful in future studies and a preference for natural over social science. Preference for masculine-type tasks did not show a strong relation, and encouragement by relatives, teachers, counselors, or friends was a better predictor than parent's education. As a result of this study, the author recommends more attention to affective factors in the teaching of mathematics. (MM)
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Note: Based on Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania