ERIC Number: ED474446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-6
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Feeling Good about Mathematics: Are There Sex Differences?
Marsh, George E., II; Tapia, Martha
The effects of mathematics anxiety and gender on attitudes toward mathematics were examined using the Attitudes Toward Mathematics Instrument (ATMI). A sample of 134 students currently enrolled in mathematics classes in a state university was asked to complete the ATMI. Data were analyzed using a multivariate factorial model with four factors of mathematics attitudes as dependent variables (self-confidence, value, enjoyment, and motivation) and two independent variables, mathematics anxiety and gender. There was an overall significant effect of math anxiety on self-confidence, enjoyment and motivation with large effect size. Students with no math anxiety scored significantly higher in enjoyment than students with a great deal of math anxiety in self-confidence and in motivation. And students with some math anxiety scored significantly higher in motivation than those with a great deal of math anxiety. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Chattanooga, TN, November 6-8, 2002).