Investigating the Relationship Between Math-Related Motivations and Math Achievement in Emirati Early Adolescents Through the Lens of Expectancy-Value Theory (75783)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Keith Miller

Friday, 24 November 2023 11:45
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

A strong background in math is vital for students to excel in today's job market, especially in STEM fields. Therefore, a top-notch math education is essential to prepare students for what lies ahead. However, it has been observed that Emirati students from the United Arab Emirates consistently underperform on international math assessments, underscoring the imperative to understand the underlying causes of these outcomes. Therefore, this research explored the connection between Emirati early adolescents' beliefs about their own math abilities (i.e., math self-concept) and their drive to learn math (both for its own sake and for practical benefits) within the context of the expectancy-value theory. Data were collected from 7,915 Emirati eighth grade students with a mean age of 13.61 years who participated in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019. We used methods such as path analysis and bootstrapping to study the relationship between these factors, and to understand how valuing math learning influenced the link between students’ confidence in their abilities and their actual performance. Interestingly, both student confidence in math and enjoyment of learning were associated with better achievement. However, the view that math is just a useful skill was not directly associated with better outcomes. Rather, enjoyment of learning played a critical role in linking confidence and achievement. This study underscores that feelings and beliefs about math play an important role in student achievement. It underscores the importance of fostering self-confidence and enjoyment of math learning in young Emirati students.

Shaljan Areepattamannil, Emirates College for Advanced Education, United Arab Emirates

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Shaljan Areepattamannil is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Emirates College for Advanced Education in United Arab Emirates

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00