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ERIC Number: EJ998478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Development of a Short Form of the Attitudes toward Mathematics Inventory
Lim, Siew Yee; Chapman, Elaine
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v82 n1 p145-164 Jan 2013
Existing instruments designed to measure mathematics attitudes were too long, dated, or assessed with only western samples. To address this issue, a shortened version of the Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory (short ATMI) which measures four subscales--;enjoyment of mathematics, motivation to do mathematics, self-confidence in mathematics, and perceived value of mathematics--was created. Its factor structure, reliability, and validity were assessed with 1,601 participants from Singapore. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the original four-factor structure. Within this structure, however, several items were found to correlate highly with others. Their removal either improved or did not impact the properties of the instrument. As a result, these items were removed to produce the short ATMI. Furthermore, a very high correlation (r = 0.96) was found between the enjoyment and motivation subscales. Results of further analysis suggested the removal of the motivation subscale. The short ATMI exhibited strong correlations with the original scale (mean r = 0.96), good overall internal consistencies, both for the full short version (alpha = 0.93) and for the individual subscales (mean alpha = 0.87), and satisfactory test-retest reliability over a 1-month period (mean r[subscript xx] = 0.75). The validity of the short ATMI was further demonstrated through inter-correlations between its subscales, and through correlations with mathematics anxiety and achievement test scores. Participants were able to complete the short ATMI in less than 10 min, making it a viable option when survey administration time is limited. This time would reduce further with the removal of the motivation subscale.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore