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ERIC Number: ED171565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Math Confidence and Performance as a Function of Individual Differences in Math Aptitude.
Morris, Charles J.; Bowling, J. Michael
This paper, presented at the 1979 meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), investigates the relationship between self-assessment of knowledge and performance, and mathematical aptitude. One hundred college students (51 females, 49 males) participated. Participants, grouped according to mathematical aptitude, were administered a mathematics confidence scale consisting of 18 problems to which they responded by indicating how confident they were that they could solve each problem if asked to do so. Then they worked on 18 similar problems and indicated how confident they were that each solution was correct. Results indicated a clear relationship between mathematical aptitude and the discrepancy between confidence and performance. The lower the aptitude, the poorer the performance at a given confidence judgment. Estimates remained poor even after the problems were attempted, especially on complex problems. Educational implications are discussed. (HM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979); Contains occasional light and broken type