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ERIC Number: EJ1214176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0028-8276
Mathematics Anxiety in Secondary School Female Students: Issues, Influences and Implications
Mann, Lee C.; Walshaw, Margaret
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, v54 n1 p101-120 Jul 2019
Mathematics anxiety is a global phenomenon that has generated research interest over the past four decades. Many researchers have suggested that girls display higher levels of mathematics anxiety than boys. This article explores that conjecture in the New Zealand context. It reports on the prevalence of mathematics anxiety in adolescents and investigates the factors that influence students' mathematics anxiety in mathematics classrooms. Participants in the study were Year 9 students (N = 415) from seven secondary schools in New Zealand. Students were asked to indicate their levels of mathematics test anxiety and mathematics learning anxiety. Statistical analyses confirmed that girls report higher levels of mathematics anxiety than boys. Findings revealed that girls' mathematics anxiety increased with school decile, and was higher in single-sex girls-only schools. Mathematics test anxiety was a major contributor to levels of mathematics anxiety. The article offers a number of strategies that schools might put in place aimed at reducing mathematics anxiety.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand