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.
|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|
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