ERIC Number: ED340524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Changing Gifted Girls' Attitudes toward Mathematics.
Daniels, Roberta R.; Lamb, Julie K.
The purpose of this study was to determine if an intervention program improved gifted girls' attitudes toward mathematics. Forty-eight academically gifted girls in grades 4-7 were selected from an isolated, rural area of the Mid-South. In the pre-test, both experimental and control groups were administered the Mathematics Attitude Inventory (MAI). There were no significant differences between the groups concerning attitudes toward mathematics. The intervention program presented to the 24 girls in the experimental group consisted of 8 units containing both individual and group activities. Unit 1 consisted of five activities to enhance self-esteem. Unit 2 contained activities to develop positive attitudes about mathematics. Unit 3 dealt with problem-solving skills. Unit 4 encouraged the girls and other students to be involved in mathematics outside class requirements. Unit 5 consisted of exploring careers related to mathematics. In unit 6 the girls again involved classmates in math projects. Unit 7 reinforced problem solving strategies from unit 3 and introduced new problem solving techniques. Unit 8 was for review and evaluation. The gifted girls in grades 4, 5, and 6 met daily for 30-45 minutes for 18 weeks, and girls in grade 7 met 2 days per week for 1 hour. The MAI was readministered at the end of the program to compare aptitudes between the experimental and control group. The experimental group had a higher average score in mathematic aptitude than the control group and the difference was statistically significant. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).