Understanding the Relationship Between Students’ Mathematics Anxiety Levels and Mathematics Performances at the Foundation Level

Siaw, Emmerline Shelda and Tan, George Geok Shim and Farah Liyana, Azizan and Norhunaini, Mohd Shaipullah (2020) Understanding the Relationship Between Students’ Mathematics Anxiety Levels and Mathematics Performances at the Foundation Level. Journal of Education and Learning, 10 (1). pp. 47-54. ISSN 1927-5250

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Abstract

For many students, mathematics is regarded as a challenging subject to learn and master in class. One of the significant factors contributing to the students’ difficulties in learning mathematics is caused by a phenomenon called mathematics anxiety. Mathematics anxiety is a feeling of unease and anxiety toward mathematics and it can be different from person-to-person. Understanding the effects of mathematics anxiety levels on students’ mathematics performances in class can be the key to help students’ mastery of mathematics. The aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between mathematics anxiety levels and students’ mathematics performances at the foundation level. A sample of 545 students from a local foundation centre was chosen for this study. Data collection via questionnaire was used where quantitative data were analysed using correlation, t-test, and descriptive analyses. The results showed that there was a weak positive correlation between students’ anxiety levels and the students’ mathematics performance in their final examination. Recommendations and future potential for this study were further discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics, mathematics anxiety, foundation level, mathematics performances
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Pre-University Studies
Depositing User: Siaw
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 03:13
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 06:47
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/34167

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