ERIC Number: ED359380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Study To Examine Math Anxiety for Students Who Are Single Parents and Those Enrolled in Nontraditional Career Preparation Programs.
Reilly, Linda B.; And Others
A study examined the relationship between math anxiety and selected demographic characteristics. Surveys were administered to 1,152 students in vocational-technical and comprehensive schools in 13 New Jersey school districts. The survey instrument included an attitude scale and a brief math test designed to evoke feelings of math anxiety in respondents. The responses of single parents and students enrolled in nontraditional career preparation programs were compared to those of childless students enrolled in comprehensive high schools. The single parents and students enrolled in nontraditional programs expressed higher levels of math anxiety than did their childless counterparts enrolled in traditional career preparation programs. Level of math anxiety was significantly related to the following variables: age, parental status, marital status, race, income level, mother's occupation, and previous mathematics courses taken. Female students did not have higher levels of math anxiety than males until the late junior high school/early high school period, at which time females begin exhibiting more math anxiety than their male counterparts. Students whose mothers were not employed outside the home exhibited the lowest levels of math anxiety, thus confirming the importance of home participation and support to success in mathematics. (Twelve tables and the survey questionnaire are included. Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Adult and Occupational Education.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey