ERIC Number: ED283684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting Mathematics Achievement in High Risk College Students.
Goolsby, Charlee B.; And Others
This study investigated the relationship of several affective variables as predictors of academic performance in mathematics. The predictor variables studied were: (1) attitude toward success in mathematics; (2) confidence in learning mathematics; (3) perceptions of teacher attitude; (4) mathematics anxiety; and (5) locus of control. The sample of students studied were from a population who were denied regular admission to a large southern state university because they did not meet minimum admission standards. The students were conditionally admitted and enrolled in a developmental algebra course. The high school grade point average and the Scholastic Aptitude Test-Quantitative score were also used as predictors in order to provide a standard by which to compare the predictive efficiency of the affective variables. The dependent variable was the student's course grade in the first quarter. Results indicated that of the affective variables, a new variable created by averaging the level of confidence score and the mathematics anxiety score was the best predictor of mathematics performance. (Author/TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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Note: Revision of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).