An analysis of gender related differences in performance and attitudes of participants in the 1997 UCT Mathematics competition

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Webb, J H en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Tucker, Diane Jean en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-04T16:34:23Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-04T16:34:23Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Tucker, D. 1998. An analysis of gender related differences in performance and attitudes of participants in the 1997 UCT Mathematics competition. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17444
dc.description Bibliography: pages 77-84. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract In this study, possible gender differences in and attitudes towards mathematics will be investigated. As a sample, the candidates taking part in the individual competition in the University of Cape Town Mathematics Competition will be used. This sample has been chosen since it appears that even though the gender related differences in performance that are reported are often very small, the differences are often more apparent at the upper end of the ability scale. Since the University of Cape Town Mathematics Competition attracts entries from candidates of wide ranging ability, a number of investigations can be done. The investigations that will be carried out. included statistical analyses of a number of different categories in mathematics (algebra, arithmetic, geometry and problem solving), various sub-categories and special categories; questions that have been repeated in more than one question paper will also be investigated for any patterns in performance (in terms of maturity in mathematics). Since learners engaging in mathematical activities (including participating in mathematics competitions) are affected by external and internal influences on their perception and attitudes towards mathematics, it was felt that an investigation into the relationship between performance in mathematics and attitudes towards mathematics was important. Gender related differences in attitudes towards mathematics will also be investigated. The results of this study will show that, where statistically significant differences in performance exist, these differences are in fact very small. The results of the attitudes questionnaire demonstrate that there is a statistically significant correlation between attitudes and performance in mathematics and that there exists small, yet statistically significant differences in attitudes towards mathematics. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Mathematics en_ZA
dc.subject.other Gender en_ZA
dc.title An analysis of gender related differences in performance and attitudes of participants in the 1997 UCT Mathematics competition en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSc en_ZA
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