Motivation and ability as factors in mathematics experience and achievement

  • This study examined relationships among interest, achievement motivation, mathematical ability, the quality of experience when doing mathematics, and mathematics achievement. One hundred eight freshmen and sophomores (41 males, 67 females) completed interest ratings, an achievement motivation questionnaire, and the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. These assessments were followed by 1 week of experience sampling. Mathematics grades were available from the year before the study started, from the same year, and from the following 3 years. In addition, a measure of the students' course level in mathematics was included. The results showed that quality of experience when doing mathematics was mainly related to interest. Grades and course level were most strongly predicted by level of ability. Interest was found to contribute significantly to the prediction of grades for the second year and to the prediction of course level. Quality of experience was significantly correlated with grades but not course level.

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Author:Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ulrich Schiefele
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (paper 065)
Document Type:Postprint
Year of Completion:1995
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2009/08/03
Source:Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 26 (1995) 2, S. 163-181
RVK - Regensburg Classification:MU 3556
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
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