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ERIC Number: ED432595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 16
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A Comparison of the Factor Structure of Boys' and Girls' Responses to the TIMSS Mathematics Attitude Questionnaire.
Gadalla, Tahany
The factor structure of the responses of girls and boys to the mathematics items on the background questionnaire of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) was examined in an effort to identify the constructs that underlie the students' attitudes toward the study of mathematics. In addition, the hypothesis of equality of factor structures for boys and girls was tested. The analyses were carried out on data from 3,073 students in grades 3 and 4 and repeated on data from 4,057 students from grades 7 and 8. Results from the study for grades 3 and 4 show that factor structures of girls' and boys' attitudes toward mathematics are quite similar at age 9, and the relationships between these factors and mathematics achievement are similar for the most part. Attitude factors explain only a very small percentage of the observed variation in boys' and girls' mathematics achievement. At age 13, some gender differences in attitudes toward mathematics are apparent, and some gender differences are seen in the percent of variance in responses accounted for by each factor. Attitude explained more of the variation in achievement for the older group. (Contains four tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study