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ERIC Number: ED133619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
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An Investigation of Relationships between Perceived Subject Matter Difficulty and Physiological Arousal During Achievement Testing.
Nighswander, James K.; Beggs, Donald L.
A physiological measure, which does not possess the limitations of traditional self-report measures of test anxiety, was used to measure arousal during a simulated achievement testing situation. A sample of 119 fifth and sixth grade students ranked four academic subjects (arithmetic, language arts, social studies, and science) from "most difficult" to "least difficult". All Ss were then administered abbreviated achievement subtests over the four academic content areas and concurrent physiological (galvanic skin response) measures were obtained. The results of this study are consistent with those found in other similar investigations. Artihmetic appears to produce higher levels of anxiety and arousal than any other single content area. Further investigations of relationships between arousal and concurrently obtained achievement scores and a closer examination science and social studies areas are suggested. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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