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M.A. in Elementary School Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Molinari, Louis


Athletes; Girls; Mathematical ability; Middle school students


Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of a correlation between females who actively participated in athletics and a high achievement in mathematics. A comparison of females who actively participated in athletics and females who did not actively participate in athletics was made using an independent samples t-test.

The design for this study was the use of a survey, data collection and an independent samples t-test. This study used the sample of forty-one sixth grade females. Each female attended the same middle school and had the same math teacher. Each participant filled out a survey that determined the extent of her athletic participation. Two distinct groups were then made. Each groups' scores on the Terra Nova Assessments and their GPAs were examined and compared using an independent samples t-test.

The analysis of the statistics for both instruments proved no significant difference between the two groups of females. The generated null hypothesis for this study was accepted.