
05977664
j
2011f.00182
Champion, Joe
Parker, Frieda
MendozaSpencer, Bernadette
Wheeler, Ann
College algebra students' attitudes toward mathematics in their careers.
Int. J. Sci. Math. Educ. 9, No. 5, 10931110 (2011).
2011
Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
EN
C25
A45
career attitudes
college algebra
attitudes about the value of mathematics
mathematics education
postsecondary education
doi:10.1007/s107630109246z
Summary: The purpose of this study was to identify the degree to which college algebra students' value mathematical skills in their prospective careers. A survey was administered to $N = 144$ students in 6 college algebra classes at a midsized doctoral granting university. Students in half the classes completed a data analysis project, and half of the students planned to major in a businessrelated degree. Logistic regression suggested that students held mostly positive attitudes about the value of mathematics in their career, with business students expressing more positive attitudes than those reported by nonbusiness students. Unexpectedly, those who completed the data analysis project expressed less positive attitudes on 6 of the 20 survey items.