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Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Flow in Developmental Mathematics Students

Golnabi, Laura

This study examined mathematics self-efficacy and the characteristics of flow in the context of performing mathematical tasks.  In particular, it explored the subjective experiences of 113 undergraduate students enrolled in a developmental mathematics course while they were independently solving certain mathematical problems.  This study supplemented the literature on the role of self-efficacy as a mediator of the effect of the challenge/skill ratio on flow by applying it to the context of mathematical problem solving. This study also expanded the discussion on how findings may indicate a direction for further research on mathematics anxiety.   Additionally, the relationship between mathematics self-efficacy and flow-like experiences as measured by the Flow Short Scale was considered.

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Academic Units
Mathematics Education
Thesis Advisors
Walker, Erica
Degree
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
July 30, 2017
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