Predictors of instrumental motivation for mathematics in PISA 2012. The role of gender, self-concept, helplessness, negative emotions, worries and intrinsic motivation

Magdalena Jabłońska , Sylwia Bedyńska , Łukasz Gradowski , Grzegorz Sędek


The aim of our study was to define predictors of instrumental motivation for mathematics. In our research, we used the data on the Polish sample of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) from 2012. We hypothesized that motivation to engage in mathematics at later stages of education and in professional career, called “instrumental motivation” in the project, can be predicted based on gender, mathematics self-concept, intrinsic motivation, as well as worries about coping with mathematics and negative emotions. Using structural equation modelling, with gender and mathematics self-concept as predictors, and negative emotions, intrinsic motivation and worries about one’s math skills as mediators, we showed that helplessness in mathematics, indirectly determined by gender and mathematics self-concept, has an indirect effect on instrumental motivation, only through higher worries about one’s math abilities. Instrumental motivation turned out to be also strongly related to intrinsic motivation, which in turn is linked to a positive mathematics self-concept.
Author Magdalena Jabłońska (Wydział Psychologii)
Magdalena Jabłońska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Sylwia Bedyńska (Wydział Psychologii)
Sylwia Bedyńska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Łukasz Gradowski
Łukasz Gradowski,,
, Grzegorz Sędek (Wydział Psychologii)
Grzegorz Sędek,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Other language title versionsPredyktory motywacji instrumentalnej na matematyce w badaniu PISA 2012. Rola płci, obrazu siebie, bezradności, emocji negatywnych i obaw oraz motywacji wewnętrznej
Journal seriesStudia Psychologiczne, [Psychological Studies], ISSN 0081-685X, e-ISSN 2300-8520, [2300-8520], (B 10 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishgender, mathematics, intrinsic motivation, learnt helplessness, instrumental motivation
Languageen angielski , pl polski
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