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ERIC Number: EJ997887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0361-476X
Mathematics Anxiety in Young Children: Concurrent and Longitudinal Associations with Mathematical Performance
Vukovic, Rose K.; Kieffer, Michael J.; Bailey, Sean P.; Harari, Rachel R.
Contemporary Educational Psychology, v38 n1 p1-10 Jan 2013
This study explored mathematics anxiety in a longitudinal sample of 113 children followed from second to third grade. We examined how mathematics anxiety related to different types of mathematical performance concurrently and longitudinally and whether the relations between mathematics anxiety and mathematical performance differed as a function of working memory. Concurrent analyses indicated that mathematics anxiety represents a unique source of individual differences in children's calculation skills and mathematical applications, but not in children's geometric reasoning. Furthermore, we found that higher levels of mathematics anxiety in second grade predicted lower gains in children's mathematical applications between second and third grade, but only for children with higher levels of working memory. Overall, our results indicate that mathematics anxiety is an important construct to consider when examining sources of individual differences in young children's mathematical performance. Furthermore, our findings suggest that mathematics anxiety may affect how some children use working memory resources to learn mathematical applications. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
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Language: English
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