Attitude and self-perception effects on mathematics achievement
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.
Kane, Elida L., "Attitude and self-perception effects on mathematics achievement" (2012). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2463.