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ERIC Number: EJ863200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Assessment of Chemistry Anxiety in a Two-Year College
McCarthy, Wanda C.; Widanski, Bozena Barbara
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n12 p1447-1449 Dec 2009
Chemistry anxiety encompasses apprehension regarding learning chemistry, evaluation in chemistry courses, and fears about handling chemicals. Our goal was to ascertain the prevalence of these three types of anxiety in college students enrolled in a two-year college. In our sample, chemistry-evaluation provoked the most chemistry anxiety followed by handling-chemicals anxiety and then learning-chemistry. Females reported more anxiety about evaluation than males. Allied health majors reported significantly more fear regarding learning-chemistry than science majors. Participants who had never had chemistry reported higher levels of both learning-chemistry and chemistry-evaluation anxiety. Recognizing the existence of chemistry anxiety is the first step in reducing negative attitudes toward chemistry and perhaps increase student enrollment, success, and retention in chemistry courses. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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