Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Gender Studies and Sexuality
Math Anxiety, Math-self-efficacy, and Math-performance: A Study of Indian School Children
Math anxiety is defined as an apprehension that interferes with performance in mathematics in an adverse manner. The current study aimed at understanding whether math anxiety significantly impacts math self-efficacy, math performance, and STEM-related career selection decisions among school children. In India, the survey-based data was collected from seventh- to twelfth-grade school children (N=200; M=110, F=90). The result indicates that math anxiety significantly predicts math self-efficacy, performance, and STEM-related career selection among male and female students. There is no gender difference in math anxiety, math performance, and STEM-related career decision-making; however, females are found to be significantly lower in math self-efficacy than male students. Moreover, math self-efficacy partially mediates the relationship between math anxiety and math performance. The future implications of this work in the context of career-decision making in the STEM-related fields are also discussed.
keywords: career selection, gender, math anxiety, math self-efficacy, STEM.