Presentation Title

Anxiety and enjoyment: Exploring students’ academic emotions in general chemistry

Presenter Information

Uy VuFollow

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Sachel Villafane

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 141

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

education

Abstract

Chemistry is one of core courses when undergraduate students pursue their careers in STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. To be able to help students succeed, it is important for chemistry educators to understand the relationship between students’ achievement emotions and their performance in chemistry. The main purpose of this study was to assess these relationship using the control-value theory developed by Reinhard Pekrun in 2006 as the theoretical framework. Using a modified version of Achievement Emotion Questionnaire (AEQ), which assesses chemistry-related anxiety and enjoyment, we focus on finding if there is a relationship between the two achievement emotions and performance in general chemistry. The surveys were administered to the students three times during the semester using Qualtrics, and the exams were administered after the AEQ data were collected. The data was analyzed using simple linear regressions. In this study, the hypothesis was that enjoyment will be positive related to performance in chemistry while anxiety will be negative related. The findings of this study suggested that there is a relationship between the achievement emotions and their performance in general chemistry, and the hypothesis was tested and accepted.

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Anxiety and enjoyment: Exploring students’ academic emotions in general chemistry

BSC-Ursa Minor 141

Chemistry is one of core courses when undergraduate students pursue their careers in STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. To be able to help students succeed, it is important for chemistry educators to understand the relationship between students’ achievement emotions and their performance in chemistry. The main purpose of this study was to assess these relationship using the control-value theory developed by Reinhard Pekrun in 2006 as the theoretical framework. Using a modified version of Achievement Emotion Questionnaire (AEQ), which assesses chemistry-related anxiety and enjoyment, we focus on finding if there is a relationship between the two achievement emotions and performance in general chemistry. The surveys were administered to the students three times during the semester using Qualtrics, and the exams were administered after the AEQ data were collected. The data was analyzed using simple linear regressions. In this study, the hypothesis was that enjoyment will be positive related to performance in chemistry while anxiety will be negative related. The findings of this study suggested that there is a relationship between the achievement emotions and their performance in general chemistry, and the hypothesis was tested and accepted.