EXPLORING MOTIVATION TO LEARN MATHEMATICS THROUGH VROOM’S THEORY

Nurhazirah Mohamad Yunos, Thahira Bibi TKM Thangal, Nursyaza Farah Md Sharif, Nor Rasimah Abdul Rashid, Noor Hanim Rahmat

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Mathematics is one of the fundamental subjects that contributes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers since it plays a vital role in this Fourth Industrial Revolution. Due to that, this subject has been added in syllabus starting from primary school until university level and most of the students are taking mathematics but not limited to the students who are in the STEM area only. However, not all students particularly favour this subject since it requires problem solving skills as well as motivation to learn the subject matter. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate students’ motivation in learning Mathematics through Vrooms’ Theory. Quantitative method was used by distributing a set of questionnaires to 234 students in a public university in Malaysia. The instrument from the questionnaire consisted of three sections, a) affective components, b) expectancy components and c) value components with a total of 24 items. The findings revealed that students face anxiety while learning Mathematics and it could be motivating factors for the student to work even harder to perform in Mathematics. It was shown that their motivation towards learning Mathematics was influenced by how much value they placed on the outcome of the learning. This study can help educators to have a better understanding of students' learning motivation and provide continuous support to students. 

 

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motivation; mathematics; learning; Vroom’s theory

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejes.v8i11.3976

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