ERIC Number: ED265011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Affective and Cognitive Mathematics Related Variables: A Longitudinal Study.
Pedersen, Katherine; And Others
During the 1978-1979 academic year, seventh- and eighth-grade students at 13 junior high schools in Southern Illinois participated in a study which provided data on mathematics achievement, student career interests, and parent attitudes toward their children as learners of mathematics. During the 1982-1983 academic year, these students (N=415; 196 females and 219 males) participated as twelfth-graders in a follow-up study. Data were collected on their attitudes toward mathematics, career interests, selection of a computer course during high school, highest level of mathematics course successfully completed or completing, and their academic plans. This report contains the results of the follow-up study. Specific areas addressed include: frequency distribution by sex and by eighth-grade mathematics achievement scores of student continuation in the mathematics study sequence; continuance in the mathematics study sequence as related to attitudes toward mathematics and student career interests; to what extent cognitive and affective mathematics-related variables measured at grade 8 serve as predictors of continuation in the mathematics study sequence; the effect of parent attitudes toward mathematics on continuation in the mathematics study sequence; changes in attitudes toward mathematics from grade 8 to grade 12; career interests in grade 8; and relationships between mathematics-related variables and computer course participation. Based on the results of this research, it is recommended that efforts to increase student continuation in the mathematics study sequence should include the participation of teachers, administrators, counselors, parents and students since parents, teachers, and counselors play an important role in shaping student attitudes toward mathematics. An extensive bibliography concludes the document. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois