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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Students’ Attitudes Toward Mathematics In Vocational Education: From Perspectives Of A Developing Country

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Charles Buabeng-Andoh



Research model, competence, attitude, mathematics, theoretical framework, vocational education, students



There is a growing concern about students’ attitudes toward mathematics in vocational education. However, not much is known regarding the factors that affect these attitudes. In this study, a new conceptual model is developed based on van Aalderen-Smeets and colleagues’ theoretical framework of teachers’ attitudes to explore the factors that affect students’ attitude toward mathematics in vocational education. The new conceptual model consists of five constructs of attitudes: perceived difficulty, perceived relevance, anxiety, enjoyment and students’ competence. This model would serve as a basis for future study in this field. The model is then tested on a sample of 215 vocational education students. These tests conclude that competence, enjoyment and perceived relevance significantly related to attitude and that competence was the most influential factor of attitude.



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