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A Case Study on Mathematics Anxiety for Mathematics of Finance Course.

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The DIIA (Diploma in Investment Analysis) students from the FBM (Faculty of Business Management) were required to undertake several MOF (Mathematic of Finance) courses. The passing rates for all of the MOF courses were good except for one course. There are many factors for this low passing rate phenomenon for this particular MOF course. One of the factors is mathematics anxiety as suggested by Richardson in 1971. As a result, this paper is carried out in order to measure the undergraduates' level of mathematics anxiety in general and between genders in this one particular course. The outcome is expected to fill in the gap as study of anxiety in MOF is still lacking. A 30-item MARS (Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale) is adapted and used in this study, because this course is predominant by complex computations. The Ss (samples) of the study are 119 students who undertook this MOF course during the study semester of December 2008 to April 2009 in UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA). It is expected that the findings will show that the Ss have a considerably high mean for mathematics anxiety; and female students have a higher mean of mathematics anxiety as compared to their male counterparts. The study confirms the expectation of the researchers. In terms of the final and overall results, it was expected that the passing percentage be dominated by the male students. However, at the end of the study, the overall performance of the female students was much better compared to their male counterparts. (Contains 3 figures and 9 tables.) [This paper was previously presented in the International Conference on Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2009 (ICTLHE09), Malaysia, November 22nd-25th, 2009.]

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Author:Abidin, Rabiatul Alawiyah Zainal; Alwi, Fatimah; Jaafar, Noor Faiza M.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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