2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference


Math Anxiety at Truman
Katherine E. Hartmann* and Sarah Macey
Dr. Scott Alberts, Faculty Mentor

Previous literature has shown that math anxiety is prevalent among college students, with factors such as previous math experience and gender being important predictors in determining the extent to which an individual suffers from math anxiety. The present study is longitudinal, investigating how math anxiety changes throughout the beginning years at college, especially how math anxiety relates to specific coursework, performance, and demographic characteristics. The Math Anxiety Rating Scale was administered to eighty-six undergraduate college students at Truman State University (Richardson and Suinn, 1972), and data was analyzed using the Mathematics Test Anxiety and Numerical Anxiety, identified by Rounds and Hendel (1980). We predict that overall math anxiety will be closely related to performance or test anxiety, and that math anxiety will diminish as a result of gained experience in mathematics.

Keywords: Math anxiety, College students, MARS scale, Test anxiety


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 51-2
Location: OP 2111
Time: 4:00

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