Mathematics Education Trends and Research

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID metr-00011, 7 Pages

doi: 10.5899/2013/metr-00011


Research Article


The Study of the Relation between Studentsí Anxiety and How They Judge their Ability to Learn Mathematics


Arezoo Mohammad Jafari1 *, Ahmad Shahvarani1, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi1


1Department of Mathematics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


* Corresponding author. Email address: Amohammadjafari@yahoo.com


Received: 26 February 2013; Accepted: 16 March 2013


Copyright © 2013 Arezoo Mohammad Jafari, Ahmad Shahvarani and Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The relation between ability and self-judgment has always drawn the attention of parents and teachers. Obviously, students lose their ability and fail to gain much from good education if they lack necessary motives. Learning mathematical concepts and the ability to solve mathematical questions is highly influenced by judgments, beliefs and anxiety of students. The present research attempts to study the relation between anxiety of students and how they judge their ability to learn mathematics. A number of 30 girl and boy students studying the third grade of high school in the field of mathematics were chosen by correlation research and quasi-cluster sampling method and their anxiety and self-judgment was studied by means of two questionnaires (anxiety and judgment). Descriptive and inferential statistics and the results of Pearson correlation test revealed that there is a meaningful relation between anxiety of students and how they judge their ability to learn mathematics. Therefore, students with high anxiety may judge their ability positively or negatively.


Keywords: Mathematics; anxiety; judgment; ability; learning; learners.

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