ERIC Number: ED392602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Analyzing the Amount of Time a Student Studies Math.
Downer-Assaf, Martha E.
This paper examines some of the determinants of the length of time, in terms of Carnegie units of mathematics taken, that individuals spend studying mathematics in high school. Particular attention focuses on how gender and race combine to influence the amount of mathematics students take. Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 were used. Results include: (1) Hispanics typically terminate the study of mathematics before African Americans, and both of these populations are at a significantly higher risk than white or Asian students of concluding their education in mathematics early; (2) father's education, previous grades in mathematics, and graduation requirements are all factors that contribute to a student's decision to terminate the study of mathematics; and (3) once the preceding factors are controlled for, African American males, Hispanic males, and White females are at the highest risk of discontinuing their study of mathematics. Contains 60 references. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).