ERIC Number: ED308083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Use of the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Anxiety and Confidence Scales as Predictors of Success among "Business Calculus Students" and "Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics" Students at the College Level.
Heher, Rosemary Pataky
In an attempt to explore the prevalence, intensity and effects of mathematics anxiety at Salisbury State College (Maryland) approximately 350 student volunteers from two diverse introductory mathematics courses participated in this survey. The Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Anxiety and Confidence Scales and a portion of the Test Anxiety Profile were administered. Final course grades were analyzed and compared with the anxiety profiles established earlier. The results indicated that mathematics anxiety did exist among the survey population but the use of the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Anxiety and Confidence Scales was not as significant an indicator of success as were scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test in Mathematics (SAT-MATH) and the institutionally-designed mathematics diagnostic instrument. The age and sex of a subject did not appear to be related to the incidence or intensity of mathematics anxiety, and a subject's hiatus from mathematics courses produced only a marginal significance. Included are 69 references, 21 tables, and 7 figures. Appendices include the Mathematics Anxiety Survey and the Mathematical Science Department Diagnostic Test. (Author/DC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Salisbury Sate College.