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Investigation of secondary school students' performance on proof and attitude towards proof in geometry

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2004
Çiçek, İbrahim
The purpose of the study was to investigate secondary school students̕ performance on proof and attitude towards proof in geometry. The research was conducted on 367 10th grade students. The numbers of subjects were 94, 96, 90 and 87 from General High Schools (GHS), Anatolian High Schools (AHS), Science High Schools (SHS) and Private High Schools (PHS) respectively. The number of girls and boys were 142 and 225 respectively. To obtain the data of this study, the following measuring instruments were utilized: 1.Proof Performance in Geometry Test (PPGT); 2.Proof Attitude Scale in Geometry (PASG). They were developed by researchers. The results indicated that: 1.There were statistically significant differences among the mean scores of students enrolled in different school types with respect to performance on proof in geometry; 2.There was no statistically significant difference between the mean scores of boys and girls with respect to performance on proof and attitude towards proof in geometry;3.There were no statistically significant differences among the mean scores of students enrolled in different school types with respect to attitude towards proof in geometry; 4.There was statistically significant correlation between secondary school students̕ performances on proof and attitude towards proof in geometry; 5.While students in SHS got the highest scores from each question, students in GHS got the lowest scores; 6. While most students in SHS perceived themselves as successful in geometry, most students in GHS perceived themselves unsuccessful.