Developmental Mathematics Students: Who are They and What is Their Mathematics Self-Efficacy?

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Ryan Baxter ; Alan Bates ; Adel Tawfig Al-Bataineh (2016)
  • Publisher: International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education
  • Journal: International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education (issn: 2148-7456)
  • Subject: Developmental Mathematics | Education (General) | Self-Efficacy | L7-991 | Higher Education | Traditional and Non-traditional Students | L | Gender, Ethnicity
    mesheuropmc: education

<p>The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine differences in developmental mathematics students’ self-efficacy within the demographic data from the survey. Data from a sample of 240 Intermediate Algebra students at a single four-year university using the Mathematics Self-Efficacy Results indicate that males possess higher levels of mathematics self-efficacy and confidence with their mathematical abilities than females. Students who completed a lower developmental mathematics course prior to Intermediate Algebra possess lower levels of mathematics self-efficacy. The results of this study suggest developmental mathematics instructors should refine their teaching methodologies by incorporating strategies to increase their student’s self-efficacy.</p>
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