Mathematics Self-efficacy among Secondary Level Students

Authors

  • Krishna Chandra Paudel Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tahachal, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Shree Prasad Ghimire Mahendra Ratna Campus, Tahachal, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/pragyaratna.v6i1.64544

Keywords:

Self-efficacy, mathematical outcome, gender difference, learning enhancement

Abstract

Low level of mathematical self-efficacy in students lessens their drive to study, which could culminate to poor mathematical outcomes. The objective of the paper was to figure out the level of mathematical self-efficacy among secondary level students. For this study quantitative paradigm was adopted, data were collected from the survey from 402 secondary school students of grade 9 to 12, randomly selected from two institutional and two community schools of Kathmandu. To measure the level of mathematics self-efficacy, the 14 items pertaining to mathematics self-efficacy were borrowed from MSEAQ prepared by May (2009). The alpha coefficient of the Self-efficacy scale was 0.91 and from the component matrix, each items have a factor loading greater than 0.4. A medium level of math self-efficacy but the lack of uniformity in mathematics self-efficacy was found. The mean mathematics self-efficacy score of male students was higher than female; the self-efficacy was slightly higher in institutional school than community school students. The mean self-efficacy score of grade 12 students was found highest and grade 9 was found least. The math self- efficacy was statistically significantly different based on gender and based on grade, but not based on types of school. The findings of this study indicate the need of stakeholders sustaining a support system that includes counselling, motivation, parental and teacher support, and other means to enhance students' mathematics self- efficacy.

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Published

2024-04-08

How to Cite

Paudel, K. C., & Ghimire, S. P. (2024). Mathematics Self-efficacy among Secondary Level Students. Pragyaratna प्रज्ञारत्न, 6(1), 123–130. https://doi.org/10.3126/pragyaratna.v6i1.64544

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