Mediating role of classroom processes and school cultur on the relationship between socioeconomic status, and value and beliefs about math learning with math attitude


1 MA at Educational Research

2 (PhD), University of Isfahan


In this study, we investigated the influential factors on the math attitude. TIMSS instruments were executed on 500 students who enrolled in the public high schools in the academic year 1386-1387 in Isfahan city (200 boys and 300 girls). 
This research used correlation method and random multistage cluster sampling. Data analysis showed that the research instruments have acceptable reliability and validity. The structural equation model contained 2 exogenous constructs - socioeconomic status (SES) and values (beliefs) about math learning; and 3 endogenous constructs - school culture, classroom processes and math attitude. The results showed that classroom processes had significant and direct effect on math attitude (β = 0/35), the significant and reverse effect of school culture and socioeconomic status of family on classroom processes (β = - 0/15 , γ = - 0/31), and also significant and direct effect of values about math learning on classroom processes (γ = 0/36) and math attitude (γ  = 0/48). All other effects were not statistically significant. The results showed the effects of teacher efficient teaching, calm and safety and respectable relations, awareness of student to his(her) academic talent and competency on formation of positive math attitude and fulfillment of educational goals.