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Abstract Title: The Role of Students’ Gender and Anxiety in Physics Performance
Abstract: Science and math anxiety are characterized by fear or apprehension about science or math concepts, or math- or science-related activities. Research has shown that high levels of math or science anxiety are associated with poor performance on math or science. In physics, the Physics Anxiety Rating Scale was developed in Turkey and has 32 items in four categories: general course/test anxiety, anxiety about the lack of physics knowledge, math anxiety, and physics laboratory anxiety. In the current study, the Physics Anxiety Rating Scale was modified and then given to 76 first-semester introductory physics students in between their midterm and final exams. We will discuss the reliability of the scale and investigate the relationship between students' physics anxiety, gender, and midterm and final test scores.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Elise Agra
University of Chicago
and Co-Presenter(s)
Susan M. Fischer, DePaul University
Sian L. Beilock, University of Chicago