NOMAD 6(1), 1998. Students' mathematics performance and their attitude toward the learning of mathematics.

Students' mathematics performance and their attitude toward the learning of mathematics: an attempt to explore their relationship.
ANASTASIOS BARKATSAS, VASILIS GIALAMAS, DIMITRIS KARAGEORGOS and KATERINA KASIMATIS

Abstract

The present study was an exploratory study aimed at investigating the relationship between Year 7 students' attitudes towards mathematics and their mathematics performance. Using random sampling 29 High Schools were selected from all over the country. The final sample comprised 714 Year 7 students. The research revealed that high performance in mathematics is associated with more positive students' attitudes toward mathematics learning. The most significant finding of the study is that Year 7 students in Greek High schools demonstrated a serious weakness in solving real life problems using the mathematics they have been taught.

Anastasios Barkatsas, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Vasilis Gialamas, Pedagogical Institute of the Hellenic Republic, Greece
Dimitris Karageorgos, Pedagogical Institute of the Hellenic Republic, Greece
Katerina Kasimatis, Pedagogical Institute of the Hellenic Republic, Greece