In this study, I examine the relationship between the self perception of math ability and math performance. High school geometry and algebra II students describe how they perceive their own math ability, where they think math ability comes from, and how they feel other people (family, teachers and peers) perceive their math ability. The student responses are then compared to their academic performance. The results show that students who believe that others see them as having natural math ability have a high self-perception of their own math ability and perform better in mathematics.
Fitzgerald, J. (2012, May). The relationship between self-perception of math ability and math performance Poster session presented at the Western Oregon University Academic Excellence Showcase, Monmouth, OR.
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