Relationship between mathematical skills, mathematical self-concept andtest anxiety in Finnish and Swedish grade 3 pupils
2014 (English)In: Special Needs Education in Mathematics: New Trends, Problems and Possibilities / [ed] Anne Berit Fuglestad, Kristiansand: Portal forlag, 2014, 104-116 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This paper reports a cross-national study on students´ mathematical skills, mathematical self-concept, and test anxiety in grade 3. A total of 172 students from 6 different schools in Finland and Sweden participated in the study. We utilized structural equation modelling and specified a multigroup confirmatory factor analysis model to investigate the relationship between mathematical skills, mathematical self-concept and test anxiety in boys and girls. Consistent with the literature we found evidence for strong relationship between mathematical skills and mathematical self-concept. In contrast to the literature no relationship between mathematical skills and test anxiety was found. However, mathematical self-concept was found to be related to test anxiety, which is in line with previous research. Gender differences in favour of boys emerged in the level of mathematical self-concept and test-anxiety but not in mathematical skills.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kristiansand: Portal forlag, 2014. 104-116 p.
mathematical self-concept, mathematical skills, test-anxiety
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58694ISBN: 978-82-92712-98-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-58694DiVA: diva2:549820
Short oral- and paper-communication at the 6th The Nordic Research network on Special Needs Education in Mathematics, Kristiansand Norway, November 2-4 , 2011.