Vol.13, No.1, February 2024.                                                                                                                                                                               ISSN: 2217-8309

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TEM Journal



Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science

How do Math Anxiety and Self-Confidence Affect Mathematical Problem Solving?


Reny Wahyuni, Dwi Juniati, Pradnyo Wijayanti


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Citation Information: TEM Journal. Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 550-560, ISSN 2217-8309, DOI: 10.18421/TEM131-58, February 2024.


Received: 14 September 2023.

Revised:   05 January 2024.
Accepted: 10 January 2024.
Published: 27 February 2024.




Problem-solving performance requires both cognitive and affective aspects related to math anxiety and self-confidence. This study aims to determine the effect of math anxiety and self-confidence on geometry problem-solving skills and then explore students' geometry problem-solving based on their level of math anxiety and self-confidence. This study utilized a mixed-methods approach with a sequential explanatory design and involved 106 students. The quantitative portion of the study employed a multiple linear regression test to examine the influence of math anxiety and self-confidence on problem solving. Furthermore, qualitative research was done to thoroughly examine the effect through in-depth interviews. The results demonstrate that math anxiety and self-confidence influenced geometry problem-solving (R = 0.476; p = 0.000) and contributed 22.6% based on the value of R-square. Furthermore, the present study also found differences in the performance of a subject with low math anxiety and high self-confidence and a subject with high math anxiety and low self-confidence.


Keywords –Math anxiety, self-confidence, problem solving, mix method.



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