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Measurement of mathematics anxiety in an Israeli adult population

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posted on 31.03.2022, 12:44 authored by Michael Batashvili, Krzysztof CiporaKrzysztof Cipora, Thomas E Hunt
Maths anxiety is common and refers to feelings of anxiety, fear and other negative emotions and thoughts in individuals when confronted with mathematical tasks or numerical information. Self-report measures of maths anxiety have been created, but the majority are in English and are not culturally relevant to all countries. This study aimed to translate and validate existing measures for future use in Hebrew-speaking adult populations. The Mathematics Anxiety Scale - UK (MAS-UK) was translated to Hebrew and adult participants completed it alongside the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale - Revised (MARS-R) and a general anxiety measure. Factor structures were explored for both the translated MAS-UK and a Hebrew version of the MARS-R, as well as being checked for reliability and convergent and discriminant validity. Results from a final sample of 213 participants, indicated the shortened, Hebrew version of the MAS-UK and the MARS-R are internally consistent and suitable for use in future maths anxiety research in adult Israeli populations. Findings regarding sex differences in maths anxiety are also discussed.

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School

  • Science

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Journal of Numerical Cognition

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pages

148 - 165

Publisher

PsychOpen

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by PsychOpen under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

13/12/2021

Publication date

2022-03-31

Copyright date

2022

eISSN

2363-8761

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Krzysztof Cipora. Deposit date: 13 December 2021

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