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ERIC Number: ED107528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Pages: 21
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Prospective and Experienced Elementary Teachers: A Comparison of Mathematical Achievement and Attitudes.
Higdon, Danny W.
This study compares the mathematics achievement and attitude toward mathematics of preservice and experienced elementary school teachers. The research population included teachers from public and private colleges throughout the state of Texas and inservice teachers from suburban communities in the Houston area. Subjects were given an experimenter-designed personal information questionnaire, the Stanford Achievement Test (1974 Advanced Battery, Form X), and the Revised Math Attitude Scale developed by Aiken and Dreger. Findings indicated that prospective and experienced teachers did not differ on overall mathematics achievement, but that experienced teachers performed better on the applications subscale (p less than .01). In addition, experienced teachers had a slightly more positive attitude toward mathematics (p less than .01). Among preservice teachers, mathematics achievement and attitude toward mathematics were higher for those attending private, rather than public, institutions. In both groups, individuals teaching (or planning to teach) grades 4-6 exhibited more favorable attitudes toward mathematics than those preferring to teach K-3. Other findings relate to mathematics background of teachers and size of high school graduating class. The author compares his data with university mathematics requirements, and recommends that the Level recommendations of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics be adopted. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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