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TitleSelf-efficacy, mathematics’ anxiety and perceived importance: an empirical study with Portuguese engineering students
Author(s)Alves, Manuela Cristina Ferreira
Rodrigues, Cristina Maria Santos
Rocha, Ana Maria A. C.
Coutinho, Clara Pereira
KeywordsLearning factors
Mathematical achievement
Mathematical concepts
University of Minho
Issue date2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
CitationManuela Alves, Cristina S. Rodrigues, Ana Maria A.C. Rocha & Clara Coutinho (2016) Self-efficacy, mathematics’ anxiety and perceived importance: an empirical study with Portuguese engineering students, European Journal of Engineering Education, 41:1, 105-121, DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2015.1095159
Abstract(s)The accomplishment in mathematics has gained attention from educators and arises as an emerging field of study, including in engineering education. However, in Portugal, there is still incipient research in the area; so it is high time to explore factors that might enlighten the gap in the study of the relationship between Portuguese engineering students and the learning of mathematics. The main purpose of this study is to explore three factors identified in the literature as influencing the learning of mathematical concepts – self-efficacy, anxiety towards mathematics and perceived importance of mathematics – and search for differences by gender and by type of engineering course, a dimension not much reported in the literature but which was revealed as important in the team’s previous research. Based on a sample of 140 undergraduate students of different engineering courses from University of Minho, results only identify differences in the type of course and not in gender. These results constitute a contribution and open new paths for future research in the engineering education.
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