Constructing and Validating Behavioral Components Scale of Motivational Goals in Mathematics


The Philippine education performance in Mathematics is far below the international average as revealed in the 2011 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, in the area of Education, where it ranked 112th in Science and Mathematics among 138 economies, while, in the 2003 Trends in International Mathematics and Science study, it ranked 43rd out of 47 participating countries. This proves that learning Mathematics among students is ineffective. Thus, this study aimed to construct and to validate the behavioral components of students’ motivational goals in Mathematics, as well as to measure the reliability of the validated scale. The scale was constructed from the solicited responses of the first year college students from various colleges and universities in Metro Manila. The construct validity and the content validity were established through several tests. Moreover, to estimate the reliability of the scale, Cronbach’s Alpha Test was used. This scale assesses the behavioral components of students’ motivational goals in Mathematics which is deemed helpful to teachers in choosing appropriate teaching strategies that fit the motivational goal of students in learning Mathematics.

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Nancy Castro, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Michelle Cruz, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Maria Socorro Sadaya, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Elimar Ravina, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: International schools and educational goals

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