Students’ Attitude, Self-Efficacy and Motivation towards Mathematics Performance

Windaline V. Paguican, MA

Students’ Attitude, Self-Efficacy and Motivation towards Mathematics Performance

Keywords : Academic Performance, Attitude, Mathematics, Motivation, Self-Efficacy


Mathematics has often been characterized as the most precise of all sciences. It empowers human to understand better of the evidence –laden world in which they lived. Likewise, it provides human beings the pattern to analyze and solve the predicament existed in society. It is essential to our world, so its knowledge is transferable to many situations. The knowledge acquired contains great problem solving and logical thinking skills. Living can be a mystery, but mathematics provides amazing solutions to all problems. This study was conducted to find out whether the students’ attitude, self-efficacy and motivation have an impact to their performance. It aims to answer the relationship between the students’ academic performance and their attitude, self-efficacy and motivation towards the subject. This is anchored on Piaget’s (1968) Developmental Constructivism Theory. A descriptive-survey method with the aid of questionnaire composed of forty-five (45) questions as gathering tool, used to the two hundred twenty (220) respondents inquiring the perception to determine the assessment of the students’ attitude, self-efficacy, and motivation towards mathematics. The researchers achieved the following findings: learning mathematics depends upon the students’ attitude, self-efficacy and motivation. Thus, the higher the positive attitude, the higher degree of self-efficacy and the higher level of motivation in mathematics result to a higher academic performance. It is recommended that there should be a close monitoring, intervention plan between administrators, teachers, parents, stakeholders and learners to sustain a very satisfactory performance.


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