ERIC Number: EJ1004141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Relationships between Learning Environment and Mathematics Anxiety
Taylor, Bret A.; Fraser, Barry J.
Learning Environments Research, v16 n2 p297-313 Jul 2013
We investigated relationships between the learning environment and students' mathematics anxiety, as well as differences between the sexes in perceptions of learning environment and anxiety. A sample of 745 high-school students in 34 different mathematics classrooms in four high schools in Southern California was used to cross-validate the What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC) learning environment instrument, together with an updated Revised Mathematics Anxiety Rating scale. Mathematics anxiety was found to have two factorially-distinct dimensions (namely, learning mathematics anxiety and mathematics evaluation anxiety) which yielded different patterns of results for sex differences and anxiety-environment associations. Relative to males, females perceived a more positive classroom environment and more anxiety about mathematics evaluation, but less anxiety about mathematics learning. Some statistically significant associations were found between anxiety and learning environment scales for learning mathematics anxiety but not for mathematics evaluation anxiety.
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Student Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Anxiety, Correlation, Gender Differences, High School Students, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: California