Effect of the constructivists teaching method, undergraduate students' statistics self-concept and other psychological constructs in mediating their motivation for learning statistics
African Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics and Sciences
This study sought to model the effect of the constructivists teaching method, learners' statistics self-concept and their psychological constructs (i.e. need for competence, relatedness and autonomy) in mediating undergraduate students' motivation for learning statistics in a Ghanaian university. The study adopted quantitative approach by using simple random sampling techniques. A sample of 107 students from the Faculties of Technical and Vocational Education of the University of Education,
... y of Education, Winneba were given questionnaires to measure how the constructivists teaching method and as well as psychological constructs have mediated their motivation for learning statistics. The data obtained were analysed using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to estimate model parameters to answer the research questions and test hypotheses. The study revealed that students' psychological need for competence, relatedness and autonomy is positively and significantly influenced by the constructivism teaching approach. Moreover, students' psychological need for relatedness and autonomy positively and significantly affect the students' statistics self-concept. The results further suggested that students' statistics self-concept positively and significantly influences students' motivation to study statistics. The study concluded that the teaching method predicts students' needs for competence (R2=0.189), relatedness (R2=0.503) and autonomy (R2=0.198). In addition, students psychological need for competence, relatedness and autonomy significantly predict (R2=0.630) students self-concept in statistics. Finally, students' motivation can be predicted (R2=0.480) by constructivism teaching approach using psychological needs and self-concept as mediating variables.