oa Mosenodi - Perceived performance and career aspirations of students with different attitudes towards mathematics



Many studies have been concerned about the extent to which attitudes are influenced by or affect learning in mathematics but little attention has been paid to the student perspective of how attitude affects their perceived performance and career aspirations. To look for relationships between these factors, the study used an attitude questionnaire designed for Form 4 and 5 students in Botswana senior secondary schools which included supplementary questions on student perceived performance in mathematics and future career choices. Results indicate that student attitude towards mathematics is strongly related to how they perceive their performance in the subject and students with positive attitudes appear to equally choose mathematics or non-mathematics related careers. Attitudes to mathematics also seem to determine student level of aspiration: students with positive altitudes wish to opt more for degree and diploma courses after completing their secondary schooling.


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