International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Mathematics anxiety among engineering students and its relationship with achievement in calculus

Garba Sahabi Adamu
  • Garba Sahabi Adamu
  • Department of Mathematics, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 05 December 2013
  •  Published: 31 January 2014


This paper analyzed the relationship between Mathematics Anxiety and Calculus Achievement among engineering students. The sample consists of 148 (116 males and 32 females) year one students of Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin, Kebbi. Pearson correlation, paired samples t-test and Independent sample t-test were used to analyze data using SPSS version 20.0. The results obtained showed that Mathematics anxiety has insignificant negative correlation with Calculus achievement. It was also gathered that gender difference in Mathematics anxiety is significant while gender difference in Calculus achievement is not significant. Females exhibit high anxiety than males.
Key words: Mathematics anxiety, calculus, Mathematics performance, achievement.