The Level of Math Anxiety among the Students Who Consistently Perform Poorly in Mathematics at Secondary Level Education in Bangladesh


This paper reports on a research that investigated Math Anxiety among students who are getting poor marks consistently in last three exams. A school from Dhaka, National Bangla High School, was selected purposively for this research. The participants were 122 students, both girls (n=75) and boys (n=47), from grade IX and X with poor results in Mathematics. The research applied two data collection tools including Math Anxiety Questionnaire (MAQ) and Self Rating Scale. The research revealed that students participated in this research had different level of Math Anxiety. A good number of students were suffering from high Math Anxiety. There was no significant difference between the level of Math Anxiety in boys and the level of Math Anxiety in girls. This research also identified several reasons behind the Math Anxiety among the participants of this study which included: students do not understand mathematical problems in the school, they do not understand what their teachers do in math class, they feel bored in math Classes, they have low self-confidence in solving math problems and they do not get adequate support from their family.

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Sabrina Syed, BRAC University, Bangladesh
Naznine Anwar, Monash University, Australia

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity

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