ERIC Number: ED204681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Escape from Mathematics Anxiety as a Factor in Major Choice.
Shanklin, Garth R.
College students may be influenced by a variety of factors when choosing a major. Mathematics anxiety has received substantial attention, but has not been considered as a factor in choice of college major. The relationship between mathematics anxiety and the academic majors chosen by new freshmen prior to enrollment was investigated for a group of 423 male and 573 female entering students. Subjects completed the Content-Specific Anxiety Scale to measure their mathematics anxiety level. Their chosen majors were also rated for mathematics content over a standard four-year curricula. Students choosing lower mathematics-content majors had significantly higher mathematics anxiety scores than those choosing high mathematics-content majors. Females had significantly higher scores than did males on mathematics anxiety. Findings suggest that mathematics anxiety may be a substantial factor in choice of academic major. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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