Why Do Primary School Students Have Mathematics Anxiety? A Mixed Method Research
Keywords:Math anxiety, Anxiety, Primary school, Reason of anxiety
The literature has emphasized that students’ math anxiety begins in primary school years. For this reason, it is important to examine the causes of mathematics anxiety of primary school students in order to prevent students from experiencing mathematics anxiety. In this context, the study was carried out to examine the causes of mathematics anxiety of primary school students. The study was carried out with explanatory sequential design from mixed method research. 306 primary school students participated in the quantitative part of the study and eight primary school students participated in the qualitative part. In the study, data were collected by questionnaire and semi-structured interview form. Descriptive statistics were used in the analysis of the quantitative data of the study, and content analysis method was used in the analysis of the qualitative data. The results of the study showed that primary school students may experience mathematics anxiety due to the nature of the mathematics course as well as the reasons arising from the teacher or the student.