ERIC Number: ED283680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Adult Mathematics Learner: Attitudes, Expectations, Attributions.
Lehmann, Christine H.
This study was designed to identify characteristics of college freshmen taking mathematics courses. Students enrolled in basic algebra courses at a regional campus of a large midwestern university participated in the study. Students were administered an instrument which included a "math autobiography," the Adult Mathematics Expectation Scale (AMES), and the Adult Mathematics Attribution Scale (AMAS). A significant difference in attitude toward mathematics was found. Students who had taken at least one college course previously had a better attitude toward mathematics than those who were taking their first college mathematics course. Older students also expressed more confidence on secular mathematics tasks than did younger students. (TW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Algebra, College Freshmen, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Nontraditional Students, Prior Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington DC, April 23-25, 1987).