Date Approved

4-25-2000

Embargo Period

6-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mathematics Education

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Milou, Eric

Subject(s)

Interactive Mathematics Program; Pennsauken High School (Pennsauken, N.J.); Mathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary)

Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether significant differences existed between the attitudes of students enrolled in the Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) and students enrolled in traditional courses towards mathematics.

The population used for this study was comprised of approximately one hundred students from three IMP classes and students from three college preparatory geometry classes at Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey. A survey was designed to obtain information about students' attitudes toward mathematics. Survey questions were designed to measure their enjoyment of mathematics and their perceived value of mathematics. One-sample and two-sample t-tests were performed to determine if significant differences existed.

The conclusion from this study indicated that there were significant differences between the attitudes of the students. There was a significant difference in the responses regarding the students' enjoyment of learning mathematics. As to how students value mathematics, there was no significant difference between the students.

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