Self Esteem & Academic Performance
I think that if students care about the things they learn in school, if those things can be tied to things in their everyday situation, then that can lead to them being more successful academically. Students will probably be most confident when they are learning things that they know that they can apply immediately.
Well, this article says that performance in mathematics is not tied to confidence in one’s own math ability. The the study mentioned in the article did not cover other subjects (english, social studies, etc.). However, this does sort of put a wrench in my aforementioned beliefs. Why does this happen in math (assuming it doesn’t in other subjects)?
I do not think that the problem is that educators tie school subjects to ‘real life.’ The issue to me appears to be that our students seem to have a false sense of how well they are performing. How do we change that?