CSSME Seminar Series: An international study of mathematical self-efficacy, attainment and degree choice
- Date: Wednesday 14 December 2016, 13:00 – 14:00
- Location: EC Stoner Building
- Type: Seminars and lectures
- Cost: Free
This study reports on the results of cross-sectional questionnaire-based study of over 500 former International Baccalaureate students who had studied higher level pre-university mathematics.
Abstract: In many contexts, mathematical self-efficacy is known to be important, and distinct, predictor of mathematical attainment and the nature of further participation in the study of mathematics and mathematically-based disciplines. This study reports on the results of cross-sectional questionnaire-based study of over 500 former International Baccalaureate® students who had studied higher level pre-university mathematics. Two separate sub-scales were employed in the online questionnaire measuring (i) mathematical self-confidence on completion of the IB course (i.e retrospectively), and (ii) mathematical self-efficacy at the time of completion of the survey (i.e. mainly during degree study). These scales were found to be essentially uni-dimensional, and to measure distinct but related constructs. In terms of predicting type of degree participation, important differences in patterns of influence were found relating to mathematical self-confidence and attainment. Differences by gender and country are also reported, and the relationship between self-confidence and self-efficacy is explored.
This event is open to all and free to attend. There is no need to register.
Please bring your lunch and join us at 12:30pm in the CSSME foyer before the seminar. Coffee and biscuits will be available afterwards.
E C Stoner Building
University of Leeds