The impact of the ethnical background and the number if siblings on the scores of Mathematics Anxiety: A study on Mathematics Anxiety of undergraduate students of mathematics and engineering


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Abstract

Mathematics Anxiety (MA), the ‘phobia of numbers’, is related to poor performance in Mathematics. There are numerous studies that discuss a wide range of factors affecting Mathematics Anxiety in students at primary and secondary schools. Furthermore, there are some studies looking into MA in students of Psychology, Engineering and Nursing at a Higher Education level, see, for example (Alves et al. 2016; McMullan et al. 2012) and more references therein. However, we believe that this is the first work on MA in undergraduate students of Mathematics. Consequently, our purpose is to determine whether factors such as gender or ethnicity affect MA. Our main results are that there are significant differences between male and female students; there is a significant difference among students with three siblings or more, compared to students who have two siblings or less. Finally, we discuss the significant difference between the gender of the main family figure providing Mathematics support amongst students with a British and Non-British background.

Authors

Mahshid Farjadpour
Carlos Fresneda-Portillo

Editors

Mafalda Carmo

Faculty

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Keywords

Mathematics Anxiety, ethnicity, gender, mathematics, higher education

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http://press.insciencepress.org/index.php/press/catalog/book/18

Citation

Farjadpour, M. and Fresneda-Portillo, C. () 'The impact of the ethnical background and the number if siblings on the scores of Mathematics Anxiety: A study on Mathematics Anxiety of undergraduate students of mathematics and engineering', in Carmo, M. (eds.) Education Applications & Developments. IV. in Science Press, pp.138-147.

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