HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 12 no. 1 (2014)

Attitude, Self-Efficacy and Students’ Academic Performance in Mathematics

Neryl Joy D. Alpacion | Cristian T. Camañan | Arlyn Jane L. Gregorio | Jun Mark R. Panlaan | Randy A. Tudy

Discipline: Mathematics, Social Science, Sociology



Mathematics is an interesting but a very challenging subject. Several studies reported different factors which lead to students’ poor performance in this subject. This study aimed to determine the influence of attitude and self-efficacy towards academic performance in Mathematics for Grade 8 students. It employed causalcorrelational research design. The findings revealed that the level of academic performance of the students was satisfactory. In terms of the level of attitude towards Mathematics subject, it is either positive or negative. As to the students’ self-efficacy, it is neither high nor low. No significant difference was found on the level of attitude and self-efficacy when grouped according to gender. It was also discovered that only attitude towards Mathematics manifested significant influence to academic performance. Students who have shown positive attitude towards the subject tend to perform well. Hence, performance in Mathematics can be improved by developing a positive attitude towards the subject. Parents, teachers and other stakeholders have the responsibility of helping the students in this aspect.