INSTRUCTIONS
Please read each of the statements contained in the questionnaire carefully and select the response (Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Uncertain, Agree, Strongly Agree) which best describes your level of agreement with each statement. Click on DONE when finished to submit your responses.

DEFINITIONS
Please read each of the following definitions before you proceed to complete the questionnaire

Word Problem: A word problem is a mathematical exercise where the problem is presented as text rather than using mathematical notation. In general, the problem needs to be translated into mathematical notation before the solution can be found. The following is an example of a word problem:

A swimming pool of length 15m and width 8m had a circular Jacuzzi of radius 2m put into it. How much of the surface area of the swimming pool will be left when the Jacuzzi is introduced?

Computational Skills: Computational skills are the selection and application of arithmetic operations (+, -, ×, ÷) to calculate solutions to mathematical problems.

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* 1. Gender

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* 2. Age

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* 3. Level of education completed......

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* 4. There are word problems that just can’t be solved by following a sequence of steps that have been decided in advance.

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* 5. I can get smarter in maths by trying hard.

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* 6. Learning computational skills is more important than learning to solve word problems.

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* 7. By trying hard, one can become smarter in maths

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* 8. It doesn’t really matter if you understand a maths problem if you can get the right answer.

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* 9. I feel I can do maths problems that take a long time to complete.

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* 10. Word problems can be solved without remembering formulas.

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* 11. Ability in maths increases when one studies hard.

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* 12. Maths classes should not emphasise word problems.

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* 13. I find I can do hard maths problems if I just hang in there.

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* 14. Memorising steps is not that useful for learning to solve word problems.

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* 15. Hard work can increase one’s ability to do maths.

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* 16. Word problems are not a very important part of mathematics.

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* 17. Getting the right answer in maths is more important than understanding why the answer works.

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* 18. Any word problems can be solved if you know the right steps to follow.

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* 19. If I can’t do a maths problem in a few minutes, I probably can’t do it at all.

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* 20. Most word problems can be solved by using the correct step-by-step procedure.

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* 21. Computational skills are useless if you can’t apply them to real life situations.

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* 22. If I can’t solve a maths problem quickly, I quit trying.

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* 23. A person who can’t solve word problems really can’t do maths.

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* 24. In addition to getting a right answer in maths, it is important to understand why the answer is correct.

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* 25. Learning to do word problems is mostly a matter of memorising the right steps to follow.

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* 26. Working can improve one’s ability in maths.

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* 27. Computational skills are of little value if you can’t use them to solve word problems.

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* 28. Time used to investigate why a solution to a maths problem works is time well spent.

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* 29. I can get smarter in maths if I try hard.

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* 30. A person who doesn’t understand why an answer to a maths problem is correct hasn’t really solved the problem.

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* 31. I’m not very good at solving maths problems that take a while to figure out.

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* 32. It’s not important to understand why a mathematical procedure works as long as it gives a correct answer.

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