Attitudes and Performance of Community College Students Receiving Metacognitive Strategy Instruction in Mathematics Courses

Attitudes and Performance of Community College Students Receiving Metacognitive Strategy Instruction in Mathematics Courses

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The study's purpose was to examine the effects of a program of metacognitive strategy instruction on the performance of community college students enrolled in pre-algebra courses considered to be developmental level courses. Effects of the program on performance were considered with regards to pass/fail rates and dropout rates. Students' metacognitive awareness was studied using the Metacognitive Awareness Inventory or (MAI) developed by Sperling, Howard, Miller, a Murphy (2002). Students' attitudes toward mathematics were measured through administration of a modified Fennema-Sherman (1976) Mathematics Attitudes Survey (MAS) at the beginning and at the end of the course. The study also examined the effects on Web-hybrid courses versus face to face offerings of the same course. Data were collected over a sixteen week period. Data analysis focused on the six research questions posed in this study and findings revealed that failure rates decreased for students who participated in the metacognitive skills program. Findings also revealed that attitudes towards mathematics improved significantly more for students participating in the metacognitive skills program. Furthermore, the results supported the conclusion that attitudes toward mathematics are correlated with metacognitive awareness. These findings were found to be similar in face to face and Web-hybrid offerings of the same course. This study concluded that an embedded program of metacognitive skills improved student performance and attitudes toward mathematics. This study also concluded that the impacts of the metacognitive skills program were similar for students in face to face and Web-hybrid versions of the course.Fifth grade students from two New South Wales primary schools participated in the intervention. ... In this study, ninth-grade algebra students provided researchers with written descriptions of their problem solving processes as they workedanbsp;...


Title:Attitudes and Performance of Community College Students Receiving Metacognitive Strategy Instruction in Mathematics Courses
Author: Susan L. Subocz
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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