Effects of gender and school type on attitudes towards mathematics

Alyaa Naadiah Mohamed, Fatimah Abdul Razak

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Attitude and perception plays a crucial role in the learning of mathematics. This study was designed to investigate the different attitudes towards mathematics at the secondary school level. The purpose of this study is to find out the students attitude towards mathematics based on their individual genders and their school type i.e. single sex or coeducational school. The sample consisted of 180 secondary school students across three schools. A questionnaire was used to examine the attitudes towards mathematics by asking questions related to self-confidence in doing mathematics and perception about the usefulness of mathematics. Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) was utilized to analyze the collected data. The results highlight differences in attitude towards mathematics between boys and girls that are more pronounced when they are in different school types. Moreover, we propose using a fuzzy concept for the measurement of Likert-type scale to measure student attitudes toward mathematics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012038
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1132
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018
Event3rd International Conference on Mathematical Sciences and Statistics, ICMSS 2018 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: 6 Feb 20188 Feb 2018

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Effects of gender and school type on attitudes towards mathematics. / Mohamed, Alyaa Naadiah; Abdul Razak, Fatimah.

In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 1132, No. 1, 012038, 10.12.2018.

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