Adolescents', parents' and peers' mathematics anxiety, attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics achievement

Chong, Yung Yung (2014) Adolescents', parents' and peers' mathematics anxiety, attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics achievement. Masters thesis, Univerisiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS.

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Abstract

The significance of attitudes toward mathematics in mathematics teaching and learning has been highlighted in the literature, but with less emphasis as compared to mathematics anxiety. Attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics anxiety are two essential variables in determining students’ mathematics performances and achievements in mathematics. Moreover, there were less research that studied the correlation between students’ own mathematics anxiety and attitudes toward mathematics. Therefore, the main focus of this research is to investigate the correlation between mathematics anxiety, attitudes toward mathematics, and mathematics achievements, their relationships to adolescents’ perceptions of parents’ and peers’ mathematics anxiety and attitudes toward mathematics, and gender differences in adolescents’ mathematics anxiety, attitudes toward mathematics, and mathematics achievement. This correlational and comparative research design study involved 480 adolescents Form Four students from six rural secondary schools. The focus on middle adolescents of Form Four Students, as the samples of this study was due to the reason that middle adolescents represent students who are starting to face more difficulties as the level of complexity and mathematics abstraction increased as compared to lower secondary. Adolescents’ perception of parents’ and peers’ were investigated as possible influence variables of adolescents’ mathematics anxiety level, positive or negative attitudes toward mathematics and level of mathematics achievements. The main instrument of this study was a questionnaire which composed of the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale-Revised (MARS-R) and revised model of Attitude toward Mathematics Inventory (ATMI). Results indicated positive relationships between adolescents’ mathematics anxiety with their perceptions of their parents’ mathematics anxiety (r = 0.534, p < 0.005), and their peers’ mathematics anxiety (r = 0.625, p < 0.005); between adolescents’ attitudes toward mathematics and their perceptions of their parents’ attitudes toward mathematics (r = 0.799, p < 0.005) and their peers’ attitudes toward mathematics (r = 0.814, p < 0.005); and relationships between adolescents’ perceptions of their own mathematics achievement with their own attitudes toward mathematics (r = 0.524, p < 0.005), perceptions of their parents’ attitudes toward mathematics (r = 0.382, p < 0.005), and perceptions of their peers’ attitudes toward mathematics (r = 0.415, p < 0.005). The findings of present study also found negative relationships between adolescents’ perceptions of own mathematics achievements with their own mathematics anxiety level (r = - 0.303, p < 0.005), with perceptions of their parents’ mathematics anxiety (r = - 0.252, p < 0.005), and perceptions of peers’ mathematics anxiety (r = - 0.201, p < 0.005); and also negative relationships between adolescents’ mathematics anxiety and attitudes toward mathematics (r = - ix 0.118, p = 0.010). The findings of study also indicated that there were no significant differences in adolescents’ mathematics anxiety, attitudes toward mathematics, and perceptions of their own mathematics achievements based on gender. Overall, this study found that adolescents from these six secondary schools faced moderate level of mathematics anxiety, have positive attitudes toward mathematics and perceived themselves to have moderate level of achievement in mathematics.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Thesis (M.Sc.) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning ability, Academic achievement, postgraduate, 2014, UNIMAS, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, postgraduate, undergraduate
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Corporate Memory > Gazettes
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 03:26
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 01:06
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/6788

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