ERIC Number: ED304340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Success or Failure: Variables Affecting Mathematics Performance.
Bretscher, Ann S.; And Others
This study explored the relationship between students' high school mathematics courses and grades; the affective variables--mathematics anxiety, effectance motivation, and attitude toward success; and performance in the first quarter developmental studies algebra course. The study reports significant differences between males and females on mathematics anxiety and attitude toward success. Regression analysis shows that high school grade point average, the effectance motivation, and grade in algebra II accounted for 21 percent of the variance in first quarter mathematics grade for the total sample (n=208). For males, the effectance motivation, high school grade point average, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) quantitative score contributed 31 percent of the variance; the grade in algebra II contributed 12 percent of the variance for females. Implications for mathematics educators and for counselors are discussed. A questionnaire for predictors of success in developmental studies mathematics is included in the appendix. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Counselors; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Developmental Education (13th, Cincinnati, OH, March 2-4, 1989).