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1997
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The purpose of this study was to compare the academic achievement and attitude of students who were enrolled in Algebra for College Students taught by traditional lecture methods of instruction with students taught by methods of instruction that matched student learning style preferences. This study included 84 students who were enrolled in Algebra for College Students at Palm Beach Community College. The study was designed to determine whether students' age, gender, GPA, and the number of hours worked were correlated with students' attitude gain scores or with their algebra gain scores. Four instruments were used to collect information for this study: (a) an algebra pre-test/posttest, (b) a background questionnaire, (c) the Productivity Environmental Preference Survey, and (d) an attitude survey. Reliability was obtained using the SPSS software. The algebra pre-test/posttest and the attitude survey had alpha reliability coefficients of 0.7022 and 0.8154 respectively. Twelve hypotheses were developed to determine if there were significant relationships between and among attitudes towards algebra, academic achievement in algebra, and the aforementioned variables. Multiple linear regression was the statistical tool used for data analysis. Each hypothesis was tested at the 0.1/12 = 0.0083 level of significance. Based on the findings, gender played a significant role in this study. Male students who were taught by methods of instruction corresponding to their learning style preferences had slightly higher attitudinal gain scores and consistently higher achievement gain scores than male students who were taught by the traditional lecture method of instruction. On the other hand, female students who were taught by methods of instruction that accommodated their learning style preferences had higher attitudinal gain scores and relatively no change in academic achievement. Additionally, analyses of data collected from male students revealed a significant negative relationship between male students' academic achievement in algebra and the number of hours worked per week. In contrast, analyses of data collected from female students showed a significant positive relationship between female students' academic achievement and number of hours worked per week.
Title: The effects of accommodating students' learning styles on academic achievement and attitudes towards algebra.
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Name(s): Husni, Nabil Afif.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Urich, Ted R., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1997
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 158 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The purpose of this study was to compare the academic achievement and attitude of students who were enrolled in Algebra for College Students taught by traditional lecture methods of instruction with students taught by methods of instruction that matched student learning style preferences. This study included 84 students who were enrolled in Algebra for College Students at Palm Beach Community College. The study was designed to determine whether students' age, gender, GPA, and the number of hours worked were correlated with students' attitude gain scores or with their algebra gain scores. Four instruments were used to collect information for this study: (a) an algebra pre-test/posttest, (b) a background questionnaire, (c) the Productivity Environmental Preference Survey, and (d) an attitude survey. Reliability was obtained using the SPSS software. The algebra pre-test/posttest and the attitude survey had alpha reliability coefficients of 0.7022 and 0.8154 respectively. Twelve hypotheses were developed to determine if there were significant relationships between and among attitudes towards algebra, academic achievement in algebra, and the aforementioned variables. Multiple linear regression was the statistical tool used for data analysis. Each hypothesis was tested at the 0.1/12 = 0.0083 level of significance. Based on the findings, gender played a significant role in this study. Male students who were taught by methods of instruction corresponding to their learning style preferences had slightly higher attitudinal gain scores and consistently higher achievement gain scores than male students who were taught by the traditional lecture method of instruction. On the other hand, female students who were taught by methods of instruction that accommodated their learning style preferences had higher attitudinal gain scores and relatively no change in academic achievement. Additionally, analyses of data collected from male students revealed a significant negative relationship between male students' academic achievement in algebra and the number of hours worked per week. In contrast, analyses of data collected from female students showed a significant positive relationship between female students' academic achievement and number of hours worked per week.
Identifier: 9780591382754 (isbn), 12510 (digitool), FADT12510 (IID), fau:9402 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Thesis (Ed.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1997.
College of Education
Subject(s): Algebra--Study and teaching (Higher)
Academic achievement
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