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ERIC Number: EJ1164446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2156-1400
Roots of Mathematics Anxiety in College Students
Quan-Lorey, Stephanie
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v8 n2 p19-30 Fall 2017
A majority of college students exhibit feelings of fear and discomfort when put into situations that require the use of mathematics. These students are characterized to be mathematics-anxious and tend to overlook the idea that one can gain many benefits from learning the subject. This paper investigates the various factors that have led to and influenced the feelings of mathematics anxiety in 13 undergraduate students pursuing non-mathematics-related majors. Through the use of questionnaires and interviews with each participant, the factors contributing to their mathematics anxiety were studied. Participants attributed teacher attitude, poor instruction, failure, and school tracking to initiating their mathematics anxieties. These findings revealed that the development of the participants' feelings of anxiety toward mathematics was somehow rooted to an experience in school, which highly influenced their attitudes toward mathematics and shaped their self-perceptions of their mathematical abilities.
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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