ERIC Number: ED348227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-5
Gender Similarities in a Structural Model of Mathematics Achievement.
Randhawa, Bikkar S.; And Others
Previous research has provided support for the mediating role of self-efficacy between independent attitude variables and dependent performance measures. However the existence of a confirmatory model, that can be generalized over both males' and females' measures of attitudes, perceived self-efficacy, and achievement levels, has not yet been reported. The study reported here was an attempt to propose a simple structural model involving mathematics achievement accompanied with tests of its robustness and generalizability to both sexes. Participants included 117 male and 108 female students from 12th grade algebra classes. who were administered the Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) and the following three rating scales: the Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale (MSES), the Mathematics Attitude Inventory (MAI), and the Mathematics Attitude Survey (MAS). Course grades, as assigned by the teachers, were also used as an independent variable. LISREL analyses specified mathematical self-efficacy as a significant mediator between measures of mathematical attitude and mathematics achievement with an excellent goodness-of-fit statistic for both males and females. (31 references) (JJK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A