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The Role of Students’ Gender and Anxiety in Physics Performance
written by Elise Agra, Susan M. Fischer, and Sian L. Beilock
We investigated the relation between students' physics anxiety and their physics performance, and whether this relation differs as a function of gender. To measure students' levels of physics anxiety, we used the Physics Anxiety Rating Scale, which contains 32 items in four categories: course/test anxiety, anxiety about the lack of physics knowledge, math anxiety, and physics laboratory anxiety. Reliability analysis using 76 algebra-based introductory physics students showed a high level of internal consistency for the entire scale as well as for each of the four categories. Females reported significantly higher levels of physics laboratory anxiety than males. No other significant gender differences in anxiety levels were observed across the other three categories. In terms of the relation between physics anxiety and performance, course/test anxiety was significantly negatively correlated with the midterm exam for females but not for males, while lack of physics knowledge anxiety was significantly negatively correlated with both the midterm and final exams for the males but not for the females. Finally, we found a significant positive relation between physics laboratory anxiety and the final exam for the males but not for the females, even though females reported significantly higher levels of physics lab anxiety than males.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 24-27
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Education - Basic Research
- Achievement
- Sample Population
= Gender
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
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E. Agra, S. Fischer, and S. Beilock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14561&DocID=4738).
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E. Agra, S. Fischer, and S. Beilock, The Role of Students’ Gender and Anxiety in Physics Performance, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14561&DocID=4738>.
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Agra, E., Fischer, S., & Beilock, S. (2017, July 26-27). The Role of Students’ Gender and Anxiety in Physics Performance. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14561&DocID=4738
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Agra, E, S. Fischer, and S. Beilock. "The Role of Students’ Gender and Anxiety in Physics Performance." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14561&DocID=4738 (accessed 3 December 2020).
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Agra, Elise, Susan Fischer, and Sian Beilock. "The Role of Students’ Gender and Anxiety in Physics Performance." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 24-27 of PER Conference. 3 Dec. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14561&DocID=4738>.
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