Math talent development of elementary school students: The relationship of gender, math motivation, and goal orientation to math achievement
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Research has established that motivation is an important factor of student achievement. Many researchers in the field of gifted education consider motivation to be a crucial component of giftedness, yet the literature base for motivation and math talent development within gifted populations is scarce. This descriptive study used a within-group design to measure the math motivation, math achievement, and goal orientation of high-ability 5 th grade math students to elucidate the relationships among motivation, achievement, goal orientation, and gender. Findings indicated that math achievement, math motivation, and goal orientation were similar for both genders; students had high math achievement yet low math motivation; and a high number of students had a performance goal orientation. Ideas for future math motivation research for the gifted are shared.;Keywords: gifted math students, math achievement, math motivation, goal orientation.
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Colorado, Ann Haimburger, "Math talent development of elementary school students: The relationship of gender, math motivation, and goal orientation to math achievement" (2014). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1539618626.
Elementary Education Commons, Gifted Education Commons, Science and Mathematics Education Commons