ERIC Number: ED259950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Students' Beliefs About Mathematics and Their Effects on Mathematical Performance: A Questionnaire Analysis.
Schoenfeld, Alan H.
A questionnaire with 70 closed and 10 open questions was administered to 230 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12, the majority of whom were enrolled in Math 10 geometry courses. Aspects of the questionnaire dealt with: (1) attributions of success or failure; (2) students' comparative perceptions of mathematics, English, and social studies; (3) the nature of mathematics as a discipline; and (4) mathematics attitude. The results paint a disturbing picture of students' perceptions of mathematics as a whole. The data (which are tied closely to a series of empirical studies) suggest the resolution of contradictory patterns of data in other attitude surveys, where students simultaneously claim that mathematics is mostly memorizing but also that mathematics is a creative and useful discipline in which they learn to think. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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