ERIC Number: ED331837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
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Science Anxiety: Relation with Gender, Year in Chemistry Class, Achievement, and Test Anxiety.
Wynstra, Sharon; Cummings, Corenna
The relationships of science anxiety to measures of achievement, test anxiety, year of chemistry taken, and gender were investigated for high school students; the study also attemped to establish reliability data on the Czerniak Assessment of Science Anxiety (CASA) of L. Chiarelott and C. Czerniak (1987). Subjects were 101 students (45 males and 56 females) in grades 10 through 12 in chemistry classes in a public high school in Rockford (Illinois). Sixty-one of the students were in a first-year chemistry class, and 40 of the students were in a second-year chemistry class. Correlations were determined between the CASA and (1) the first chapter test, (2) the quarter grade, and (3) the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI). The 6-month test-retest reliability on the CASA was 0.69. The internal consistency (alpha) was 0.93 for the test and 0.94 for the retest. There was no significant correlation between the CASA and achievement, the CASA and the TAI, or the CASA and the worry subscale of the TAI. There was a significant correlation between the CASA and the emotionality subscale of the TAI. Females scored significantly higher than did males on the CASA, and first-year students scored higher than did second-year students on the CASA. The mean on the test was significantly higher than on the retest. This study supports the reliability of the CASA. A 25-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Czerniak Assessment of Science Anxiety; Science Anxiety
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (12th, Chicago, IL, October 17-19, 1990).