ERIC Number: ED464838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Effect of Gender, Achievement in Mathematics, and Grade Level on Attitudes toward Mathematics.
Tapia, Martha; Marsh, George E., II
The effects of gender, math achievement, and grade level on attitudes toward mathematics were examined by use of an inventory, Attitudes Toward Mathematics Instrument. Subjects were 803 bilingual, middle and high school students. The data were analyzed using a multivariate factorial model with four factors of Mathematics Attitudes as dependent variables (self-confidence, value, motivation, and enjoyment of mathematics) and three independent variables (gender, math achievement, and grade level). A two-way significant interaction of achievement by grade level was found. The interaction was found to be significant for value, motivation, and enjoyment of mathematics at all grade levels. "A" students scored higher than all other students on the 3 factors from 7th through 10th grade and in motivation in students in 11th and 12th grade. For value, failing students were lowest in 7th through 10th grade. A similar relationship of letter grade to motivation was found in the hierarchy for "B" to "D" students in 7th and 8th grade. For enjoyment, failing students were lowest in 7th and 8th grade, "B" and "C" students scored higher than "D" and "F" students in 9th and 10th grade, and "A" and "B" students were highest in 11th and 12th grade. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/MM)
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 (30th, Little Rock, AR, November 14-16, 2001).