Role of self-efficacy and self-concept beliefs in mathematical problem solving: A path analysis.

  title={Role of self-efficacy and self-concept beliefs in mathematical problem solving: A path analysis.},
  author={Frank M. Pajares and M David Miller},
  journal={Journal of Educational Psychology},
Path analysis was used to test the predictive and mediational role of self-efficacy beliefs in mathematical problem solving. Results revealed that math self-efficacy was more predictive of problem solving than was math self-concept, perceived usefulness of mathematics, prior experience with mathematics, or gender (N = 350). Self-efficacy also mediated the effect of gender and prior experience on self-concept, perceived usefulness, and problem solving. Gender and prior experience influenced self… 

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