Now Recruiting: Maths Anxiety Research Project

4 May 2018

An opportunity has arisen to work with Dr Dominic Petronzi the University of Derby to be part of a new research project into Maths Anxiety. To learn a bit more about the topic and his reasons for undertaking the research, take a look at his blog here.

Research Invitation:

Thank you for taking the time to read this research invitation.  Maths education researchers at the University of Derby are currently conducting a project in maths anxiety in children and are seeking permission and participation from local schools.

Purpose of study:
This research aims to understand whether maths task presentation has an influence on children’s (years 1 & 2) attitudes and confidence to working with numbers.   Participating children’s personal details will be confidential, and all the data will be stored securely.

All the participating children (following parental consent) will respond to 5 short scales on 3 separate occasions.  The scales are based on:

Maths anxiety
Emotional resilience
Quality of life

Following the first completion of the scales, children will be assigned to 3 groups: Intervention group and 2 different control groups. The intervention group will respond to a short maths test that is enhanced with friendly animation, while the control groups will respond to a more typical maths test using pencil and paper or a computer based word document.

Research Timeline:

Week 1: Monday – Children to complete 5 short questionnaires:

1)      Number Apprehension

2)      Resilience

3)      Quality of Life

4)      Performance Measure

5)      Confidence

Week 1: Wednesday & Thursday – Children will be split into 3 groups for a maths task. These groups are:

1)      A computer based maths task created by the researchers

2)      A word document based maths task – provided by the researchers

3)      A pencil and paper maths task – provided by the researchers

Week 2: Wednesday & Thursday – This will be a replication of week 1 Wednesday & Thursday with the same children completing the same task.

Week 2: Friday – Children to complete the same 5 short questionnaires as they did in Week 1 on Monday.

Week 4: Follow Up Friday – Children to complete the same 5 short questionnaires.


For the safety of the children, all the teachers involved will be briefed on the study prior to commencement.  The research has received ethical clearance by the University of Derby Ethics Committee and the researchers have DBS documentation.

Ethics Reference Number: 190118YKDPMHDS

There is no compensation for participating in this study. However, your participation will be a valuable addition to our research, and findings could lead to greater public understanding of children’s maths anxiety and emotional wellbeing locally, nationally, and internationally.

If you are interested in taking part in this research and would like to know more about what is involved, please contact me, Dominic Petronzi at: or +44 (0)1332 597990

An opportunity to discuss the research with you in more depth would be greatly appreciated and the research materials can be viewed.


Warm regards,

Dominic Petronzi, BSc. (Hons), MRes, PhD, FHEA
Lecturer in Psychology
University of Derby
Enterprise Centre

M: +44 (0)1332 597990

Posted on 4 May 2018
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