First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Grace MajorFollow

Mentor/s

Andrew Lazowski

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

Does math anxiety inhibit the performance of students during math tests and assessments? Some believe that there is an obvious answer to this question, but the topic has been debated and math anxiety is often dismissed as being "made up." Although some can argue that using math anxiety as reasoning for a poor math test score is an invalid excuse, there may be measures to prove correlation or potential causation for hindrance of math skills during times of high stress. As a student who has struggled in the past with experiencing anxiety and self-doubt during math assessments, I was highly motivated and interested in looking into this topic. The research available is limited to various ambiguous working definitions of key features such as math anxiety as a separate entity from general anxiety or testing anxiety, measures of mathematic skill and performance, et cetera. The concept of math anxiety as a factor that may play a role in student success is a complex one with several variables which are worth further investigation and research. A better understanding of math anxiety can be beneficial to improving several aspects of America's educational system, including but not limited to student success and mental health, schools' overall testing scores, curriculum writing, and more.

College and Major available

College of Health Professions, Communication Disorders

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Independent Research Study, Andrew Lazowski

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Grace Major

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorder

Minor: Honors

Honors student

Class of 2022

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

An Examination of the Correlation Between Math Anxiety and Mathematic Performance

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Does math anxiety inhibit the performance of students during math tests and assessments? Some believe that there is an obvious answer to this question, but the topic has been debated and math anxiety is often dismissed as being "made up." Although some can argue that using math anxiety as reasoning for a poor math test score is an invalid excuse, there may be measures to prove correlation or potential causation for hindrance of math skills during times of high stress. As a student who has struggled in the past with experiencing anxiety and self-doubt during math assessments, I was highly motivated and interested in looking into this topic. The research available is limited to various ambiguous working definitions of key features such as math anxiety as a separate entity from general anxiety or testing anxiety, measures of mathematic skill and performance, et cetera. The concept of math anxiety as a factor that may play a role in student success is a complex one with several variables which are worth further investigation and research. A better understanding of math anxiety can be beneficial to improving several aspects of America's educational system, including but not limited to student success and mental health, schools' overall testing scores, curriculum writing, and more.