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ERIC Number: ED433235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-15
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
An Empirical Development of an Instrument To Assess Mathematics Anxiety and Apprehension.
Ikegulu, T. Nelson
The development and psychometric properties of the Mathematics Anxiety-Apprehension Survey (MAAS), a measure of instructional and/or classroom mathematics phobia are discussed. This instrument was designed to assess levels of mathematics anxiety and apprehension in students with varying levels of education and socio-demographic factors. The highly apprehensive students are those for whom their anxiety about mathematics overshadows their gains from engaging in mathematics and/or mathematics-related activities. Discussions with a number of high school mathematics teachers and fellow college professors revealed that students with mathematics anxiety and apprehension do exist--the problem was in determining who they are through an efficient means that would be accessible to administrators, counselors, and educators, and at the same time be reliable and valid in assessing the trait. The development of such an instrument was the objective of this study. Statistical findings support the instrument's reliability and construct and factorial validity. (Contains 42 references.) (Author/CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A