Determinants of creative self-efficacy in math among girls and boys

Presenter(s): Aleksandra Gajda

According to Bandura's theory creative self-efficacy is a belief of a person about their ability to undertake creative activities and the ability to bring them to the end. Numerous studies on creative self-efficacy confirm the existence of a number of predictors of its level, e.g. the level of creativity, attention or feedback from the teacher. Differences in the level of creative self-efficacy due to gender are also identified, men are usually characterized by its higher level than women. The present study aims to identify determinants of creative self-efficacy in math among male and female students of eighth grades of primary schools in Poland; 185 students (93 girls and 92 boys) aged M = 14.02 years participated in the study. The conducted correlation and linear regression analyzes indicate that the predictors of creative self-efficacy in math are different for girls and boys. Particularly interesting differences are observed for mathematical abilities, which in the case of girls are not a significant predictor of creative self-efficacy in math, as opposed to their school grades. It may indicate the need of girls for social confirmation of their own abilities, which in this case is provided in the form of grades given by a teacher.