Correlation between Gender and Math Anxiety

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Current literature shows that there is no difference in actual aptitude for mathematics yet there remains a perception that males are stronger mathematics students (Spelke, 2005).

Math Anxiety will be referred to by the The Children’s Anxiety in Math Scale and the The Fennema Sherman Math Attitude Scales. The Children’s Anxiety in Math Scale explains highly math anxious students report low enjoyment of math and they suffer from low self-efficacy in math (Jameson, 2013). Specific scale components include performing math, performing math in social situations, thinking about math, and struggling in math. Responses are measured using a facial images scale with five facial expressions ranging from very anxious (scored as a 5) to not at all anxious (scored as a 1). Higher scores represent higher levels of math anxiety (Jameson, 2013).

The Fennema Sherman Math Attitude Scales explains in test sample items confidence in learning math (i.e. “I can get good grades in mathematics”) and mathematics anxiety (i.e., “Mathematics makes me feel uneasy and confused”). The confidence scale has positive wording that indicates a high level of confidence in math abilities and negative wording that indicates a low level of confidence. The…
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