A total of 49 students in College Algebra enrolled in the first trimester, SY — was used as subjects of the study. A pre-test was administered and scored as the basis of determining the high and low ability levels of students in Mathematics. The examination used as pre-test was formulated by the author and was field tested by the Algebra professors before it was conducted for this purpose.
A cross- sectional data containing demographic information and attitudes towards mathematics were collected from students made up of boys and 72 girls. They were conveniently sampled from three high schools.
Two anonymous self-administered questionnaires were used namely the demographic data questionnaire and the Attitudes Towards Mathematics Inventory ATMI. The data was analyzed using the SPSS version 16 for calculating mean and the results revealed that there was a significant difference in attitudes shown towards mathematics between boys and girls.
Teachers and other stakeholders in the education industry should organize seminars and workshops for students, parents, teachers and school administrators to enhance and promote positive attitudes towards mathematics. Ife PsychologIA; 20 1 March, In today's fast paced world where individuals deal with information generated from computers and calculators to that of mental estimations of daily purchases, it is imperative that students become proficient in mathematics.
Not only must learners deal with a wide range of operational skills, such as computing decimals, they must also understand underlying numerical concepts in order to succeed in a variety of day-to-day commercial and work place situations.
Research centering on students' attitudes toward mathematics study has received increasing attention, and the most common explanations for gender disparities in mathematics achievement has focused on attitude that students have towards mathematics.
The causes of the gender differences in mathematics attitude were found to be multifaceted, interactive and dynamic Aikin, Those with low mathematics abilities are likely to have a more negative attitude towards the subject. They do not have the inclination to improve their skills in mathematics.
Although the majority of research indicates that poor attitudes towards mathematics are related to lower levels of achievement in the subject, it has not always been found to be so. Brown conducted a study involving students enrolled in predominantly black high school.
Some researchers have found that strong differences exist in attitudes and perception of the usefulness of mathematics Lockheed et al. From the middle school onwards girls show less interest in mathematics and sciences.
They have more negative attitudes towards these fields. The reason is that girls have relatively high levels of performance anxiety and little confidence in their personal abilities.
They tend to attribute Asante, K. In general, most of the studies reported that, compared with boys, girls lacked confidence, had debilitating causal attribution patterns, perceived mathematics as a male domain, and were anxious about mathematics Casey et al, ; Vermeer et al, The causes of the gender differences in mathematics attitude were found to be multifaceted.
Studies conducted so far have identified six main factors that were found to affect student attitudes toward mathematics: Limited data in this respect limits our understanding of the general phenomenon of sex differences in attitudes towards mathematics worldwide.
It was hypothesized that there will be a significant difference between boys and girls on their attitudes towards mathematics as a subject, with boys showing more favourable attitude than girls.contained current findings, research or discoveries in science could positively impact students’ interest level in science.
To find out, I first developed a science attitudes survey. The purpose of the paper was to investigate whether major changes in Swedish student attitudes towards school, teachers and classmates had occurred between the late s and , and to discuss possible changes in relation to educational policies.
Improving Middle School Students’ Attitudes towards Science John McCoy Westerville City Schools Keywords science attitudes, content literacy, SIRI, newspapers in education Abstract My focus was to increase 8th grade students’ interest in science through reading about and discussing current findings, research or discoveries in science.
This paper describes the results of a student science assessment test and teacher questionnaire surveying sixth grade teachers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The student test measures student attitudes to science and scientists, knowledge in life, physical and earth science, and student competence on 12 science processes appropriate for sixth graders.
Current research in the area of science education supports the notion that a hands-on inquiry-based approach to teaching science at the elementary level is a preferred method to use for developing those skills that will lack of content knowledge and attitude towards science were explored.
process of the scientific attitude and self-efficacy belief levels towards science teaching of elementary school pre-service teachers of science and technology; and they find out .