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Exploring Peer Effect on Mathematics Anxiety among Secondary School Students of Sokoto State, Nigeria through Photovoice Approach
 
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Sokoto State University Nigeria, Faculty of Education, Science Education Department, NIGERIA
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Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, School of Education, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, MALAYSIA
Online publish date: 2019-10-28
Publish date: 2019-10-28
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2020;16(2):em1815
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Mathematics anxiety is prevalent in Nigeria where students have a fear of the subject. Much research has been conducted on the level of mathematics anxiety, the differences between the genders, and its relationship with performance. However, little has been done on the factors for mathematics anxiety, and even less on peers’ contribution towards mathematics anxiety. The photovoice approach was applied to capture peers’ speech and behaviour, which can intensify or minimize mathematics anxiety. The findings revealed that peers’ behaviour, such as poor students causing trouble and intelligent students dominating the lesson, and speech, such as using frightening and discouraging statements in the mathematics classroom, has a direct effect on intensifying mathematics anxiety. However, the findings also showed that peer behaviour, such as achievement of peers and group discussions, and speech, such as positive advice, also minimize mathematics anxiety among students. It can be concluded that peers in their day-to-day interaction can have an effect on students’ mathematics anxiety.
 
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