Assessing the relationship between attitude toward mathematics and achievement in mathematics: A meta-analysis

Xin Ma, Nand Kishor

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Abstract

Little consensus exists in the research literature concerning the relationship between attitude toward mathematics and achievement in mathematics. To assess the magnitude of this relationship, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis to integrate and summarize the findings from 113 primary studies. The statistical results of these studies were transformed into a common effect size measure, correlation coefficient. This relationship was found to be dependent on a number of variables: grade, ethnic background, sample selection, sample size, and date of publication. Gender did not have a significant effect on the relationship, nor were there any significant interactions among gender, grade, and ethnic background. The researchers discuss the findings in comparison to previous narrative reviews and meta-analyses, and draw implications for practice and further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-47
Number of pages22
JournalJournal for Research in Mathematics Education
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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