Attitudes towards mathematics: Development and validation of an online, semantically differentiated, visual analogue scale

Jennifer Blackweir

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Abstract

This study investigated secondary students' attitudes towards mathematics. The "Attitudes Toward Mathematics Instrument (ATMI) was adapted into online items with semantically differentiated responses reported on visual analogue scales. The new instrument was validated with data collected from secondary school students in Perth, Western Australia (n=263). Results were analysed using correlational and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The CFA confirmed a three-factor structure of enjoyment, confidence, and value of mathematics. My study showed that online visual analogue scales are effective or measuring attitudes towards mathematics. Results indicated that boys of all ages held more positive attitudes towards mathematics than girls.
LanguageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date6 Jun 2016
StateUnpublished - 2016

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