### Retention and Attitudes Toward Mathematics and Computers: Their Relationship
with Using Computers in Introductory College Mathematics Courses

Jacquelyn A. White

Brevard Community College

3865 N. Wickham Rd.

Melbourne, FL 32935

Phone: (407) 632-1111 x32311

E-mail: Jacci@Jacci.com

#### ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to determine the effects using computers
in the mathematics classroom, as either a medium or method of instruction, has
on retention and attitudes toward mathematics and computers. The subjects
consist of Brevard Community College students in Preparatory Algebra,
Intermediate Algebra, and College Algebra. Two survey instruments will be
utilized in both experimental and control classes in order to determine any
significant change in attitude toward mathematics or computers as a result of
experimental teaching strategies. Either an ANCOVA or ANOVA will be performed,
as appropriate according to preliminary survey responses, to determine change
in attitudes. Course grade reports will be analyzed for differences between
success rate of students who have received the experimental treatment course
structure and those in traditional classes. Findings will be significant in
determining the level at which computers should be integrated into the
mathematics classrooms. Results may also be used to design faculty training
on appropriate or inappropriate uses of technology to increase student success.