Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Committee Chair and Members
Gary Kose, Chair
Adolescents, Collectivism, Efficacy, Individualism
This study explored the mathematics efficacy beliefs of 270 South Asian (Indo American) immigrant and Anglo American nonimmigrant 7th grade students. Self-efficacy beliefs strongly predicted mathematics performance for both cultural groups, but there were differences between the 2 groups in the sources of self-efficacy, the predictiveness of the secondary motivation variables. It is argued that the Indo American students are more vertical or hierarchical than the Anglo-American students and that comparison with others strongly influences their motivation beliefs and the formation of their efficacy beliefs. Self-efficacy in some cultures may be more other-oriented than is typically seen in Western cultures. A caution against generalizing about Asian populations is given, and implications.
Kaur, Richvinder, "Collectivism and efficacy: Relationship to academic performance in early adolescents" (2024). Selected Full-Text Master Theses 2021-. 32.