ERIC Number: ED449045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
Attitudes toward Mathematics Instrument: An Investigation with Middle School Students.
Tapia, Martha; Marsh, George E., II.
The purposes of this study were to: (1) develop a measure of students' attitudes toward mathematics, the Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory (ATMI); and (2) find the underlying dimensions of the inventory by testing 262 middle school students at a bilingual college preparatory school. Data were collected from intact 7th and 8th grade mathematics classes. The inventory has 49 items. Students were asked to indicate their degree of agreement with each statement using a Likert-type scale from one to five (strongly disagree to strongly agree). After excluding the nine weakest items, the reliability coefficient alpha was .95. A maximum likelihood factor analysis with a varimax rotation gave three factors: self-confidence; enjoyment of mathematics; and value of mathematics. The reliability coefficients alpha for the scores of the subscales were .94, .92, and .84, respectively. The Psychometric properties were sound, and the Attitudes toward Mathematics Inventory can be recommended for use in the investigation of students' attitudes toward mathematics. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).