From classroom environment to mathematics achievement: The mediating role of self-perceived ability and subject interest

Maria G. Tosto, Kathryn Asbury, Michèle M.M. Mazzocco, Stephen A. Petrill, Yulia Kovas

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Drawing on Bandura's triadic reciprocal causation model, perceived classroom environment and three intrapersonal factors (mathematics self-efficacy, maths interest and academic self-concept) were considered as predictors of test performance in two correlated mathematics assessments: a public examination (GCSE) and an on-line test, both taken by UK pupils at age 16 (n = 6689). Intrapersonal factors were significantly associated with both test scores, even when the alternative score was taken into account. Classroom environment did not correlate with mathematics achievement once intrapersonal factors and alternative test performance were included in the model, but was associated with subject interest and academic self-concept. Perceptions of classroom environment may exercise an indirect influence on achievement by boosting interest and self-concept. In turn, these intrapersonal factors have direct relationships with achievement and were found to mediate the relationship between perceived classroom environment and maths performance. Findings and their implications for mathematics education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-269
Number of pages10
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the on-going contribution of the participants in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) and their families. TEDS is supported by a program grant from the UK Medical Research Council ( G0901245 ; previously G0500079), with additional support from National Institutes of Health Grants HD044454 and HD059215 and by the Government of the Russian Federation (Grant 11.G34.31.0043 ).

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  • Classroom environment
  • Interest
  • Mathematics
  • School achievement
  • Self-perceived abilities


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