Contextual factors related to math anxiety in second grade children

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dc.contributor.advisor Cassady, Jerrell C. en_US Jameson, Molly M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:27:14Z 2011-06-03T19:27:14Z 2008 en_US 2008
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2008 .J36 en_US
dc.description.abstract Math anxiety is a greatly understudied construct in children. In adult and adolescent samples, research shows that a number of factors are related to math anxiety including negative self-perceptions and outcomes. It is unknown if these same factors are related to math anxiety in children. This study was conducted to identify factors related to math anxiety in second grade children. Using Bandura's (1989) theory of triadic reciprocity as a theoretical model, children (n=91) and their parents (n=81) completed a series of self-report measures on math anxiety, math self-concept, reading self-concept, math self-efficacy, and aspects of the home math environment. Results indicated that the strongest predictor of math anxiety in second grade children was their level of math self-concept. The addition of environmental factors did not significantly increase the amount variance explained in math anxiety. Furthermore, despite research with adults that shows strong gender differences in math anxiety, no gender differences in math anxiety were found in second grade children. The discussion focuses on possible explanations for these findings as well as directions for future research. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent ix, 83 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Math anxiety. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Second grade (Education) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh School children -- Psychology. en_US
dc.title Contextual factors related to math anxiety in second grade children en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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