Pretask versus within-task anxiety measures in predicting performance on a concept acquisition task

Robert D. Tennyson, Richard C. Boutwell

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Abstract

Hypothesized that within-task state anxiety measures are significantly better predictors of performance than pretask trait or state anxiety measures. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, A-State scale, and the Taylor Manifest Anxiety scale were administered to 75 undergraduates once a week for 3 wks and immediately before and after a crystal identification task. A regression data analysis confirmed the hypothesis (p < .01). Repeated measurements of trait and state anxiety demonstrated the fluctuation of anxiety over time and the effect of environmental changes on state anxiety. The implications are that aptitude-treatment interactions using within-task measures may be more useful in designing adaptive instruction than the current notion of using pretask measures. (19 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1973

Keywords

  • pretask vs within-task anxiety measures, predicting concept acquisition task performance, college students

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