ERIC Number: EJ698738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-1
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Effect of Demographic and Personal Variables on Achievement in Eighth-Grade Algebra.
McCoy, Leah P.
Journal of Educational Research, v98 n3 p131 Jan 2005
The author examined the effect of demographic variables and attitudes on achievement of 8th-grade algebra students. Participants (N = 107) in 4 classes completed a questionnaire that determined demographic characteristics. They also completed attitude scales at the beginning and end of the school year. Dependent measures were the North Carolina State End-of-Grade Mathematics Test and North Carolina State End-of-Course Algebra I Test, which were required of all students. Analysis of variance results showed that ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and attitudes significantly affected mathematics scores. On the attitude measure, postscores were significantly less positive than were prescores. There was a significant difference in schools that was explained partially by qualitative observations of variation in teacher quality.Key words: achievement, algebra, attitudes, demographics
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Mathematics Tests, Teacher Effectiveness, Algebra, Attitude Measures
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina