Mathematics achievement, math self-efficacy and attitude towards mathematics: their influence on K-12 career preferences of grade 10 students
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This study investigated the influence of mathematics achievement, math self- efficacy and attitude towards mathematics on the K-12 career preferences of Grade 10 students. This is a descriptive-relational study which made use of the one-shot survey design. One hundred twenty eight (128) randomly selected Grade 10 students of a private school in Iloilo City enrolled during school year 2015-2016 served as the research subjects. The Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale (MSES) and Mathematics Attitude Scale were administered to measure the students’ mathematics self-efficacy and attitude towards mathematics respectively. The mean of the students’ final grades in their Grade 8 and 9 math subjects was used as the measure of their mathematics achievement. The Chi-square test and Phi Correlation Coefficient were used to determine if there exist a significant relationship among the variables of the study. The Cramer’s V was used to describe the magnitude or strength of the relationship between variables and the test of significance was set at 5% level. The findings showed that the Grade 10 students had satisfactory math achievement. They had low math self-efficacy and unfavorable attitude towards mathematics. The findings of this study revealed that there is a significant relationship between mathematics self-efficacy and attitude towards mathematics. A significant relationship was also found between mathematics achievement and attitude towards mathematics. However, no significant relationships was found between attitude towards mathematics and K-12 career preferences of Grade 10 students, between math self- efficacy and K-12 career preferences, between mathematics achievement and K-12 career preferences, and between math self-efficacy and K-12 career preferences when their attitude towards math was controlled, and between math achievement and K-12 career preferences when their attitude towards mathematics was controlled.
Alavata R. A. (2016). Mathematics achievement, math self-efficacy and attitude towards mathematics: their influence on K-12 career preferences of grade 10 students (Unpublished Master’s thesis). Central Philippine University, Jaro, Iloilo City.
DepartmentSchool of Graduate Studies
DegreeMaster of Arts in Education major in Mathematics
GSL Theses 378.242 Al12
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