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ERIC Number: ED518527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-0775-2
Determinants of Success in Higher Education Mathematics for Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School Pre-Service Teachers
Smith, Eddie Lee
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Kansas City
This research attempted to determine variables predictive of success in mathematics achievement among pre-service teachers at UMKC. It was conducted during the Winter 2006 semester at a medium-sized urban university. The participants (all students enrolled in geometry courses) were invited to volunteer; 49 agreed to participate. Three structured performance surveys were used to gather data: an information sheet, a beliefs survey, and a study habits survey. The fourth measure used was the final course grade. Logistic regressions were used to determine whether race, age, gender, SES, mathematical ability, beliefs, and study habits were predictive of successful achievement in pre-service mathematics courses. They found that race and age were the only significant contributors to success in the content class studied. The research also looked at trends among the predictive variables and their interactions. No significant interactions were found. Interesting differences in beliefs and study habits were discovered between the sample and non-successful students, but the small sample precluded the ability to determine statistic significance. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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