2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Interdisciplinary

Mathematics Anxiety in College Students
Kristin A. Harkins* and Cynthia L. Wooldridge
Dr. Scott Alberts, Faculty Mentor

Previous literature has shown that mathematics anxiety is a common phenomenon among college students that can hinder their abilities in mathematics courses and in everyday situations. The present studies address the phenomenon of math anxiety among Truman students as well as students at a community college. The first study examined the relationship between math performance and math anxiety as well as possible differences between university and community college students. Significant findings include higher levels of math anxiety in community college students and an increase in math anxiety after completion of higher level courses. The second study focused on the relationships between math anxiety and variables such as gender, math attitudes, and perceived math ability. It also provided general information about Truman students’ feelings and attitudes towards mathematics. Support was found for a gender bias, in which women reported higher levels of math anxiety and lower perceived ability, despite performance similarities.

Keywords: mathematics, anxiety, psychology, gender, attitudes

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 30-2
Location: OP 2115
Time: 10:00

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