ERIC Number: ED382123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Correlating Attitudes and College Majors among Undergraduate Women.
Eckard, Johnna S.
This study tested whether the attitudes of 153 undergraduate women, students at Chadron State College (Nebraska), toward mathematics would predict the math-relatedness of their chosen college majors. In particular the study examined the students' confidence in learning mathematics, perceived mothers' attitudes toward the student as a learner of mathematics, perceived fathers' attitudes toward the student as a learner of mathematics, attitude toward success in mathematics, perception of mathematics as a male domain, and perceived usefulness of mathematics. All students were volunteers, 19 years or older and enrolled in general studies classes. Using six of the Fennema-Sherman mathematics Attitudes Scales intermixed into one instrument, scores were correlated with the math-relatedness of each college major listed by the participants. Math-relatedness was defined using a scale developed for the study. Multiple regression analysis revealed only one scale (usefulness of mathematics) that significantly predicted the math-relatedness of college major choice although Pearson product-moment correlations generally supported the hypothesized correlations of the attitudinal scales with math-relatedness. Appendixes contain forms and instruments from the study. (Contains 32 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fennema Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales