Academic journal article Science and Children

Do Girls Really Experience More Math Anxiety?

Academic journal article Science and Children

Do Girls Really Experience More Math Anxiety?

Article excerpt

Girls report more math anxiety on general survey measures but are not actually more anxious during math classes and exams, according to recent research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Existing research suggests that females are more anxious when it comes to mathematics than their male peers, despite similar levels of achievement. But education researchers Thomas Gotz and Madeleine Bieg of the University of Konstanz and the Thurgau University of Teacher Education, along with their colleagues, identified a critical limitation of previous studies examining math anxiety: They asked students to describe more generalized perceptions of mathematics anxiety, rather than assessing anxiety during actual math classes and exams.

To address this limitation, the researchers conducted two studies in which they collected data from approximately 700 students from grades 5 to 11. In the first study, they compared students' responses on two different measures: a questionnaire measuring anxiety about math tests, and their real-time self-reports of anxiety directly before and during a math exam. In the second study, they compared questionnaire measures of math anxiety with repeated real-time assessments obtained during math classes via mobile devices. …

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