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Development of a shortened form of the Fennema-Sherman mathematics attitudes scales

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Mulhern, F and Rae, Gordon (1998) Development of a shortened form of the Fennema-Sherman mathematics attitudes scales. EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT, 58 (2). pp. 295-306. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Data from 196 Irish school children were analyzed using principal components analysis with a varimax rotation to determine whether the underlying factor structure of the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales (FSMAS) fit the dimensions suggested by the position of the 108 items on nine subscales. Results indicated a factor structure virtually identical to a previous study that used a different sample, with the items being reduced to six separate components rather than nine as suggested by the scales' developers. Based on this factor structure, the authors attempted the development of a shortened form of the FSMAS. Internal consistency estimates of the reliability of scores on the whole scale and each subscale for both the original and the short form were favorable, with alpha coefficients ranging from .79 to .96.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Psychological Epidemiology and Mental Health
ID Code:1749
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 10:15
Last Modified:24 Feb 2014 10:45

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