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Mathematical motivation beliefs: A study on the influences of the mathematical motivation beliefs of students in a predominantly African American environment in Mississippi
by Savage, Kendrick Laterrell, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2016, 169; 10242162
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to examine the influences certain factors have on the mathematical motivation beliefs of students in a predominantly African American setting. Mathematical motivation beliefs, for the purpose of this study, are defined as the components mathematical self-efficacy and mathematical value, both represented as dependent variables in the study. 4 independent variables were studied as potential influences regarding mathematical motivation beliefs. The variables included parental influences, teacher influences, mathematical anxiety, and the environment/setting. This research was conducted using 2 high schools in a rural area in East Mississippi. The 1st high school was predominantly African American and the 2nd high school was predominantly Caucasian. 4 scales were selected for this research study. The Mathematics Confidence Scale, developed by Dowling (1978), Mathematics Problems Performance Scale (Dowling, 1978), Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scale (Fennema, 1976), and My Class Activities Survey (MCA, Schweinle & Mims, 2009) were all used. Findings revealed that teacher influence predicted the mathematical motivation beliefs of students in a predominantly African American school environment the most. Findings also indicated that math anxiety significantly predicted math value and self-efficacy in both classroom environments. Lastly, findings revealed that mathematical problem solving was significantly predicted by mathematical self-efficacy for students in a predominantly African American environment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Franz, Dana P.
Commitee: Binford, Paul E., Hopper, Peggy F., Ivy, Jessica T., Johnson, Corlis P., Xu, Jianzhong
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics education, Secondary education
Keywords: Beliefs, Environment, Mathematical, Mississippi, Motivation, Predominantly African American, United States
Publication Number: 10242162
ISBN: 978-1-369-37663-0
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