An investigation of the relationship among the seventh grade students’ mathematics self efficacy, mathematics anxiety, attitudes towards mathematics and mathematics achievement regarding gender and school type

2011
Reçber, Şenol
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among the seventh grade students’ mathematics self efficacy, mathematics anxiety, attitudes towards mathematics, and mathematics achievements regarding gender and school type. Moreover, the role of three personal constructs (self efficacy, anxiety and attitude) and two demographics (gender and school type) on predicting mathematics achievement were also investigated. The Data was collected from 13 elementary schools in Çankaya District of Ankara in spring semester of 2010-2011 academic years. The total of 934 seventh grade students (477 female and 457 male) participated in the study. The participants were given three self reports; Mathematics Self Efficacy Scale (MSES), Mathematics Anxiety Scale (MANX) and Mathematics Attitude Scale (MAS), in order to quantify the levels of mathematics self efficacy, anxiety and attitude towards mathematics, respectively. Besides, Level Determination Exam (LDE) 2010 Mathematics Subtest Scores of participants were used to determine the students’ mathematics achievement. Causal comparative and correlation research design were used in this study. In addition, two way ANOVA and multiple regression analysis were performed to examine the data. Two way ANOVA results yielded that there was no interaction effect of gender and school type on personal constructs and mathematics achievement. Moreover, gender had significant main effect on each variable whereas school type had only main effect on attitude. Regression analyses revealed that four of the independent variables (self efficacy, anxiety, attitude and gender) were significantly correlated with the dependent variable (achievement). In addition, it was found that all the variables other than school type were significant predictor of achievement.
Citation Formats
Ş. Reçber, “An investigation of the relationship among the seventh grade students’ mathematics self efficacy, mathematics anxiety, attitudes towards mathematics and mathematics achievement regarding gender and school type,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.