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ERIC Number: EJ718579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Mathematics Self-Efficacy of College Freshman
Hall, J. Michael; Ponton, Michael K.
Journal of Developmental Education, v28 n3 p26-28, 30, 32 Spr 2005
The purpose of this study is to determine differences in mathematics self-efficacy between students enrolled in a developmental mathematics course and those enrolled in a calculus course. Data from a sample of 185 freshmen students at a single 4-year institution using the Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale are analyzed. Results indicate that calculus students possess not only better mathematical skills but also a more powerful sense of self-belief in their ability to succeed in a college mathematics course. The results of this study suggest that future teaching methodologies should be designed specifically for students enrolled in developmental courses that not only develop mathematics capability but also a self-awareness of increased capability. Efficacy-enhancing instructional strategies should be tested for effectiveness, thereby improving the teaching and learning process for all learners.
Journal of Developmental Education, National Center for Developmental Education, Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 32098, Boone, NC 28608-2098. Tel: 828-262-3057; Fax: 828-262-7183.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A