Mathematics Beliefs and Achievement among Engineering Technology Students

By Siti Mistima Maat and Effandi Zakaria.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of mathematics beliefs of engineering technology students and their achievement. The study also examined whether there were differences in mathematical beliefs and achievement based on gender and their previous institute. The sample consisted of 55 engineering technology students: 43 males and 12 females. Data were collected using Mathematics Beliefs Questionnaire and test questions based on a topic in engineering mathematics. The data were analyzed using Pearson correlation and t-test. The findings showed that there was a moderate correlation between the two variables. There were no significant differences in mathematics beliefs and achievement based on gender as well as previous institute. The components of mathematics beliefs were divided into self beliefs in mathematics, beliefs in mathematics discipline and beliefs in teaching and learning of mathematics. Most students especially the male students have better self beliefs in mathematics than in the other two components. However the mean of female students’ beliefs was higher than the males in the subcomponents of mathematics beliefs that include putting more effort in mathematics, confidence, the function of a lecturer and understanding mathematical concepts.

Keywords: Mathematics Beliefs, Achievement, Engineering Technology

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.255MB).

Siti Mistima Maat

Lecturer, Mathematics Unit, Technical Foundation, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia France Institute, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

The author is a doctorate student in mathematics education at National University of Malaysia. She has more than ten years of teaching mathematics at the tertiary level and very passionate in doing research in mathematics. Besides lecturing, she is currently involved in robotics research particularly in control system. She has presented papers in various conferences at international level as well as national level.

Dr. Effandi Zakaria

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Methodology and Practice, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. My interests have been mathematics teaching and learning, mathematics problem solving, ICT integration in mathematics education, attitudes and beliefs of teachers and students, and has undertaken research related to all of these areas.

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