The role of students' self-beliefs, motivation and attitudes in predicting mathematics achievement: A multilevel analysis of the Programme for International Student Assessment data

Vasiliki Pitsia, Andrew Biggart, Anastasios Karakolidis

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Abstract

Non-cognitive factors have been considered as particularly important aspects in shaping students' academic achievement. The current study aimed to examine a number of these factors in relation to the prediction of mathematics achievement among a representative sample of students in Greece. The sample consisted of 5125 15-year-old students who participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012. The study considered the extent to which students' mathematics self-beliefs, motivation to learn mathematics and attitudes towards school contributed to the prediction of their mathematics achievement. Multilevel modelling assessed both individual and school level variation, revealing that students' mathematics self-efficacy, anxiety, self-concept, instrumental motivation and attitudes towards school were statistically significant predictors of their mathematics achievement, even after controlling for their gender and school socio-economic status (SES). Policy implications are discussed based on the findings of the current research study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
Volume55
Early online date31 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

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