ERIC Number: ED457911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Perceptions of Motivation in Developmental Mathematics Students: I Would Rather Drill My Own Teeth.
Miller, Nancy Carol
The purpose of this dissertation was to describe motivation in developmental mathematics students, particularly in low-performing students. Data collection involved interviews with developmental mathematics faculty members who were asked to describe the motivation of developmental mathematics students, analyses of student learning journals, and emergent interviews with developmental mathematics students who were not successfully completing their courses. Most low-achieving students fell into one or more categories: (1) mathematics anxiety; (2) job, class, and/or family responsibility overload; and (3) lack of perception of the relevance of mathematics. Many students allowed emotions or attitudes to influence their motivation to learn mathematics. However, with early success in their mathematics classes or instilled beliefs that mathematics was useful or interesting, many students began to move beyond the barriers by constructing new motivations. The primary finding connects cognition with motivation. It was found that motivation was not necessarily a precursor to understanding. Rather, understanding mathematics seemed to enhance students' motivation to learn. (Contains 79 references.) (GC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Dissertation, University of Texas, Austin.