Re-analysis of PISA 2003 data about students’ mathematics anxiety, self-efficacy, and motivation

Kahveci M, Imamoglu Y. (2014). Journal of Research in Education and Society.

Relying on PISA 2003 data, the study investigated students’ anxiety, motivation, self-efficacy, and self-concept on learning mathematics. The analysis was carried out over large amount of data, collected from 272138 students who were 15-16 years of age, coming from 41 countries. Two-stage stratified sampling strategy provided the sample for the analysis. Findings showed that

  • boys have significantly higher mathematical self-efficacy, self-concept, motivation and lower mathematics anxiety than girls,
  • students with higher socioeconomic status have higher self-efficacy, self-concept and motivation whereas students with the highest mathematics anxiety are in medium socioeconomic level, and
  • self-efficacy, self-concept, motivation and anxiety differ significantly with respect to geographical regions.

Keywords: PISA 2003, Mathematics Education, Anxiety, Self-Concept, Self-Efficacy, Motivation