Maths anxiety over two campuses in a first year introductory quantitative skills subject at a regional Australian university – establishing a baseline

Gyuris, Emma, and Everingham, Yvette (2011) Maths anxiety over two campuses in a first year introductory quantitative skills subject at a regional Australian university – establishing a baseline. In: Proceeding of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011, pp. 73-80. From: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011: 17th UniServe Science Conference, 28-30 September 2011, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

Mathematics anxiety is a well recognized and for many students a performance inhibiting impediment. As part of a larger study we established a baseline of students' maths anxiety at two campuses of a regional Australian University. Students' gender, campus and preferred discipline significantly affected anxiety. Student performance had a curvilinear relationship with mathematics evaluation anxiety, with students in the mid-range of evaluation anxiety obtaining the highest final grades. No relationship between overall anxiety or anxiety associated with mathematics learning was found. The many confounding variables that impact on student anxiety and performance make it difficult to identify the extent to which scores achieved on the different facets of Abbreviated Mathematics Anxiety Scale affects a student's final score in a compulsory first year quantitative skills subject. Nevertheless, a baseline understanding has been established which, at the very least, raises an awareness of potential issues associated with maths anxiety, that can in turn be used to guide any subsequent interventions.

Item ID: 19226
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: mathematics anxiety, mathematics performance, science education
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ISBN: 978-0-9871834-0-8
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 01:44
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences @ 100%
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