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ERIC Number: ED178331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Math Anxiety: Its Impact on Graduate Level Statistics Achievement.
Elmore, Patricia B.; Vasu, Ellen S.
This study investigates the effect of attitudes toward mathematics-related coursework, previous mathematics coursework, student sex, spatial ability, and masculinity-feminity of interest pattern on statistics achievement. Subjects were 188 student volunteers from inferential statistics classes taught at a midwestern university during 1977-78. Instruments administered were the Masculinity-femininity Scale of the MMPI, Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales, Attitudes Toward Feminist Issues Scale, five spatial visualization ability subtests of Factor-Referenced Cognitive Tests, and biographical data sheet. Sex differences were found on two of the mathematics attitude scales, for total points in the course, and on three of the five spatial visualization subtests. Regression analyses were performed to determine: (1) the amount of variance in statistics achievement accounted for by three theoretical models, and (2) the contribution of each variable set over and above the other variable sets in combination. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)