THE ASSOCIATION OF SELF CONCEPT OF MATHS AND PROBLEM SOLVING AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Dr Navpreet Mann Dhillon, Dr. Shivani Agrawal, Dr. Rinku Garg

Abstract


INTRODUCTION

Many  years of research on  self-concept has been extensively carried in relation to academic outcomes. Little decisive co relates could be gathered though. This paper intends to address the issue of causal relations between self-concept of maths and problem solving with academic achievement in young Indian students.

MATERIAL and METHODS

Participants were  students of both sexes preparing for National level Pre Medical Test. They were enrolled for the study while attending coaching classes in Delhi. They were in the age group of 18-19 years. We recorded the Self-concept twice in one year using Self Description Questionnaire III (SDQ III). Qualifying the exam  was taken as a measure of academic outcome.

FINDINGS

Statistically significant differences were found between the self-concept scores of students.  Students did not show significant differences in the before and after self-concept scores. However, before appearing for exam, those who eventually qualified had statistically significant higher scores on  SDQ III.

CONCLUSION

Prior self-concept of maths and problem solving strongly influences subsequent academic achievement. Academic achievement didn’t significantly improve prior self-concept of maths and problem solving nor  did failure deteriorates it.


Keywords


Self-concept, academic achievement

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