ERIC Number: ED121627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes Concerning the Nature of Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching and Learning: A Partial Replication of the I. E. A. Study.
O'Reilly, Robert R.
The purpose of the paper is to examine some attitudes high school students have of mathematics. This is a partial replication of the Project for the International Evaluation of Educational Achievement in Mathematics (IEA). The principal variables under study were mathematics achievement as measured by the Stanford Achievement Test; student views of teaching and learning; student belief about the nature of mathematics as an open system; and student attitudes. Specific attitudes investigated were beliefs that (1) mathematics is important, (2) mathematics is difficult, (3) school and school learning is satisfying, and (4) man can control his social and physical environment. Data were collected from 48 9th- and 10th-grade classes in 12 schools in Ontario. The results indicate that inquiry methods of teaching are related to achievement, particularly for more advanced students, that achievement is related to the attitude, and that mathematics is important, but difficult to learn. For students in advanced classes, achievement is related to the belief that mathematics is an open process. (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (54th, Atlanta, Georgia, April 22, 1976); Occasional marginal legibility in charts due to broken type