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Tuesday, Sep 12 2023

Higher math anxiety is correlated with lower math achievement

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Scientific Articles

  • Barroso, C., Ganley, C. M., McGraw, A. L., Geer, E. A., Hart, S. A., & Daucourt, M. C. (2021). A meta-analysis of the relation between math anxiety and math achievement. Psychological Bulletin, 147(2), 134-168.
  • DiStefano, M., Retanal, F., Bureau, J. -., Hunt, T. E., Lafay, A., Osana, H. P., . . . Maloney, E. A. (2023). Relations between math achievement, math anxiety, and the quality of Parent–Child interactions while solving math problems. Education Sciences, 13(3).
  • Yuan, Z., Tan, J., & Ye, R. (2023). A cross-national study of mathematics anxiety. Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 32(3), 295-306.

Explanation of the Post

Several studies from the 2020s have indicated that students who suffer from higher levels of math anxiety also get poorer grades and test scores in math-related subjects. These findings have been replicated worldwide, showing that math anxiety is not bound by a single culture, but is a global phenomenon. These reports also say that math anxiety is often passed on from math-anxious parents or teachers to their children or students, so reducing math anxiety in older generations will likely decrease the chance of it being passed on to younger people. 

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