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ERIC Number: ED204350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Test Anxiety--Its Causes and Consequences.
Fearn-Wannan, Howard
Some of the psychological parameters of a student's educational environment which relate causally to the phenomenon of test anxiety are explored, as are the relationships of all of these factors to the student's academic performance. The study was based upon a person-environment concept of academic behavior. Particular interest centered upon the emotional state of anxiety in test situations, both as a consequence of the student's interaction with the educational environment, and as itself an influence upon academic performance. The students' perceptions of their educational environment and their personality characteristics were linked with test anxiety and performance in a causal model, the parameters of which have a sound empirical basis. The direct effects upon test anxiety and performance of the student personality characteristics, and their indirect effects through the students' perceptions of their educational environment were explored, and the relative magnitudes of all of these effects were estimated using path analysis. The resultant causal model supports the view that test anxiety is induced by an array of psychological variables, both directly and indirectly, and itself substantially affects academic performance in consequence. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Causal Models; State Anxiety; Trait Anxiety
Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Educational Testing (4th, Antwerp, Belguim, 1980).