Assessing Domain Specificity in the Measurement of Mathematics Calculation Anxiety
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractAn online, cross-sectional approach was taken, including an opportunity sample of 160 undergraduate students from a university in the Midlands, UK. Exploratory factor analysis indicated a parsimonious, four-factor solution: abstract maths anxiety, statistics probability anxiety, statistics calculation anxiety, and numerical calculation anxiety. The results support previous evidence for the existence of a separate “numerical anxiety” or “arithmetic computation” anxiety component of maths anxiety and also support the existence of anxiety that is specific to more abstract maths. This is the first study to consider the multidimensionality of maths anxiety at the level of the calculation type. The 26-item Maths Calculation Anxiety Scale appears to be a useful measurement tool in the context of maths calculation specifically.
CitationHunt, T.E., Bagdasar, O., Sheffield, D. and Schofield, M.B., (2019). 'Assessing Domain Specificity in the Measurement of Mathematics Calculation Anxiety'. Education Research International. DOI: 10.1155/2019/7412193
JournalEducation Research International
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