Capstone/Dissertation Title

Attitude and self-perception effects on mathematics achievement

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this study is, how does attitude and self-perception of mathematics effect academic achievement? This capstone investigates whether a student's attitude towards mathematics does or does not effect their academic performance. Motivation for this study is derived from a personal dislike of mathematics as a young student and overwhelming similarities among many students today. Mindset surveys by Carol Dweck (2001) and attitude questionnaires by Fennema-Sherman (1976) were used as measurement tools and then compared to achievement based on student report card data in mathematics. Data gathered does suggest a positive correlation between student attitude towards mathematics and achievement. However, the small sample size suggests continued research in order to make any broad generalizations.

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