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Computer-based Personalization as Facilitator

of Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Mental Computation

Performance of Middle School Students

by

Joseph Patrick Martinez

B.S., University of Colorado, 1979

M.A., Ohio University, 1984

A thesis submitted to the

University of Colorado at Denver

in partial fulfillment

of the requirements for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy

Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development

1995

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© 1995 by Joseph Patrick Martinez

All rights reserved.

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Research Questions

Peer modeling of successful performance is shown to be an

effective instructional strategy for raising self-efficacy. Personalization

strategies are shown to improve learning and mathematics

performance. Given this history of empirical research, it is postulated

that personalization which uses peer models as characters in

instructional stories is likely to improve both self-efficacy and

mathematics performance.

The hypotheses for significant results were that:

1. The group receiving personalized stories will report

higher mathematics self-efficacy for mental

computation than both nonpersonalized and control

groups.

2. The group receiving personalized stories will

demonstrate greater mathematics performance for

mental computation than both nonpersonalized and

control groups.

3. The group receiving personalized stories will report

higher mathematics self-efficacy and demonstrate

greater mathematics performance than both

nonpersonalized and control groups.

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4. Both males and females receiving personalized stories

will report higher self-efficacy and demonstrate greater

performance than males and females in both

nonpersonalized and control groups. Therefore, there

will be no interaction between personalization and

gender.

5. The group receiving nonpersonalized stories will

report higher self-efficacy and demonstrate greater

performance than the control group.

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