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CHAPTER 3
Introduction

This chapter describes the methods and procedures of the study
and how data will be collected and analyzed. It will state the purpose
of the study and the research question. Also discussed will be any
limitations of the procedure that may affect the outcome and how the
subjects will be debriefed.

Purpose

There seems to be a widespread dislike of mathematics. Research suggests that students who dislike math will avoid taking higher level math classes and may not seek careers in a math related field or any field that will require math. The purpose of this study is to determine, from the students\u2019 perspective, why students dislike mathematics.

Hypothesis/Research Questions
Why do so many students say they dislike math?

Procedures
Subjects
The sample consisted of 49 eighth grade math students at a rural

northeast Tennessee school. The school consisted of mostly white
(98%) low to middle income students from a farming community.
Tests/surveys
A confidential survey was given to the students during their normal
math class time. The survey did not ask for names or any other

identifying information. Parents were given an informed consent
request to sign. Once consent was obtained the survey was given. It
consisted of fourteen Likert scale questions and two open ended
questions that asked questions about math anxiety, interest,
motivation, and their experiences in math. A copy of the survey is in
the appendix.

Data Collection
The researcher collected data on the same day the survey is given.
The data was then be analyzed for results.
Data Analysis
Descriptive statistics and correlations used.
Debriefing
A copy of the results of the survey and conclusions will be made
available to the school and school board office.
Limitations

The survey will be conducted during the normal math class time
and therefore the students may feel rushed or affected by peer
pressure. The survey was constructed by the researcher and not
validated.

Summary
This chapter focuses on the procedure through which data will be
collected. Students will be asked to fill out a survey to determine if

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