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Stevens, Tara; Aguirre-Munoz, Zenaida; Harris, Gary; Higgins, Raegan; Liu, Xun – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
Profile analyses were used to investigate differences in the self-efficacy growth of teachers with more and less mathematics background as the teachers participated in professional development across two summers. Professional development activities were associated with increases in teachers' self-efficacy; however, without considering mathematics…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Stevens, Tara; Olivarez, Arturo, Jr.; Lan, William Y.; Tallent-Runnels, Mary K. – Journal of Educational Research, 2004
The authors evaluated self-efficacy and motivational orientation across Hispanic and Caucasian students to predict variables related to mathematics achievement, including mathematics performance and students' plans to take additional mathematics courses. Path models were analyzed for 358 students in Grades 9 and 10 who attended a West Texas high…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Motivation, Goodness of Fit, White Students
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Stevens, Tara; To, Yen; Harris, Gary; Dwyer, Jerry – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2008
The LOGO Project, funded by the Texas Education Agency, is designed to not only increase participants' knowledge of technology to teach mathematics but to enhance their self-efficacy and self-determination, or the beliefs that individuals have about their ability to succeed and their motivation for involvement in the task, as well. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Mathematics Instruction, Computer Software, Professional Continuing Education
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Arizpe, Omar; Dwyer, Jerry; Stevens, Tara – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009
A solution to the Rubik's Cube was introduced to an eighth grade mathematics class. The purpose of this study was to determine if an introduction to a solution to the Rubik's Cube could enhance students' problem-solving abilities, increase their general interest in mathematics, and enhance students' problem solving self-efficacy. Pre and Post…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Problem Solving, Grade 8, Problem Sets
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Stevens, Tara; Olivarez, Arturo, Jr.; Hamman, Doug – Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 2006
The authors investigated the relationships between cognitive, motivational, and emotional variables across Hispanic and White students to predict mathematics performance. A theoretically based structural model fit a total sample of 666 4th- to 10th-grade students well, supporting that self-efficacy, sources of self-efficacy, and emotional feedback…
Descriptors: White Students, Self Efficacy, Self Determination, Student Motivation