A Multidimensional Statistical Analysis of Foreign and Indigenous Secondary Students’ Attitudes toward Mathematics

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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The present paper attempts to compare foreign and indigenous secondary students’ expected attitudes toward mathematics by calculating their similarities and differences, and also to find out which are the issues that differentiate these expected attitudes. Paired samples t-tests and the ANOVA technique were used to produce the dimension of differentiation. The instrument, which measured 66 Greek secondary students and 27 foreign students' expected attitudes towards statistics, was the Tapia and Marsh ATMI scale (Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory) and it was administered during the academic year 2010 - 11. Additionally, this paper examines the extent to which students’ age, sex, grade, country of origin, and length of stay in Greece influence their attitudes toward mathematics. The results are discussed. Implications for further research are also made.

Keywords: Foreign, Indigenous, Students' Attitudes, Mathematics

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.1-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 649.971KB).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Assosiate Professor, Department of Preschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and a Master degree in mathematics education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in multidimetional statistical analysis from Macedonia University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is currently an assistant professor of applied statistics and educational research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart from statistics and mathematics education in primary, secondary and higher education, her research interests are also focused in the analysis and interpretation of multivariate data for social science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published more than 150 papers in Greek, European and international scientific journals.