Keywords

Mathematics, education, african american, historically black college/niversity (hbcu), attitudes, achievement, students, parents, attitudes towards mathematics inventory (atmi)

Abstract

The focus of this research was to compare students’ and their parents’ mathematical attitudes using the Attitudes Towards Mathematics Instrument (ATMI). The sample consisted of 476 newly-enrolled students and 263 parents attending the New Student Orientation and Leadership program at a private historically black university. The sample was predominantly African American, with 96% of the students and 95% of the parents identifying themselves as African American. The ATMI total score and subscale scores of self-confidence, value, enjoyment, and motivation were explored to determine if there was a relationship between the mathematics attitudes of students enrolled at a private historically black university and their parents’. Analysis was conducted to determine if there was a relationship between the students’ mathematics academic achievement as demonstrated on the ACT/SAT by the mathematics subset score and their mathematics attitude. Additional analysis was conducted to determine if there was a relationship between students’ mathematics academic achievement as demonstrated on the ACT/SAT by the mathematics subset score and their parents’ mathematics attitude. The researcher found a statistically significant relationship between mathematics attitudes of students and their mothers as measured by the ATMI total score and subscales: self-confidence, value, enjoyment, and motivation. The researcher found a statistically significant relationship between mathematics attitudes of students and their fathers as measured by the ATMI motivation subscale. No statistically significant relationship was found between students’ mathematics academic achievement as demonstrated on the ACT/SAT by the mathematics subset score and their parents’ iv mathematics attitude total score or the subscale scores. A statistically significant relationship between students’ academic achievement and their attitudes towards mathematics total score and subscale scores: self-confidence, value, enjoyment, and motivation was found in this research. The findings of this study provide a line of research to further explore mathematics attitudes and its relationship to African American student achievement.

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Graduation Date

2013

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Dixon, Juli

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Education and Human Performance

Degree Program

Education; Math Education Track

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0005316

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0005316

Language

English

Release Date

June 2014

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Education and Human Performance, Education and Human Performance -- Dissertations, Academic

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