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Título: Attitudes towards mathematics: Effects of individual, motivational, and social support factors
Autor: Mata, Maria de Lourdes Estorninho Neves
Monteiro, Vera
Peixoto, Francisco José Brito
Data: 2012
Editora: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Citação: Child Development Research, 2012, 876028
Resumo: This paper aims to understand how certain different but interrelated variables such as background, motivation, and social support could lead to an explanation of student attitudes towards math and to an understanding of the defining characteristics of these attitudes in the school environment. Participants consisted of 1719 Portuguese students, from fifth-to-twelfth grade. The study utilizes an adaptation of the “Intrinsic Motivation Inventory” assessing main determinants of intrinsic motivation. One section of the questionnaire—“InmyMath Class”—also assesses student perceptions of teacher and peer support as well as student attitudes. The results revealed that, in general, students held positive attitudes towards mathematics and also highlighted the main effects of grade and math achievement on these attitudes. No gender effect was identified although the girls showed a continuous decline in attitudes the further they progressed in school. A hierarchical analysis using structural equation modeling showed that motivationrelated variables are the main predictors of attitudes towards mathematics and that teachers and the social support of peers are also highly significant in understanding these attitudes.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/1793
ISSN: 2090-3987
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