Much research has been conducted relating to how students take the subject of Mathematics and how they react towards the teaching and learning process of the same. According to Star & Johnson (2016), Mathematics involves the computation of numbers and figures to obtain values used in the decision-making process. Math anxiety refers to the tension that affects students when they engage with mathematically related situations either in class or within their working environment. The voltage causes low self-esteem, loss of confidence and inability to reminisce.
The nature of the exploration that has been used in the current study involved an online survey with Qualtrics. (https://exetercles.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01iSOwPrt2bNPRX). It has a simple procedure of answering question-based on a person’s feeling and experience. The method is effective in carrying out the research since the replies received are unbiased, and they originate from within the participants themselves. Questions are used within the website for the participating teams to answer which then conducts an analysis of the same and provides informative suggestions.
The method is responsible for availing the findings of their research to the teachers, which help in evaluating the causes of anxiety in the learning of mathematics as well as in generating and suggesting better ways that can be integrated into the teaching of mathematics (Buckley, Reid, Goos, Lipp & Thomson, 2016). According to the questions asked within the questionnaires, it is evident that the survey cuts across the factors that may affect the effective learning and comprehension of mathematics. Thus, the website provides relevant information to tutors, learners and the parents/guardians of the most efficient and effective ways they can all work together in the learning process.
Benefits of the Internet as a Source of Research
Making Research Easier
The Internet contains a variety of resources ranging from books, journals, newspapers, and magazines, which all contain relevant information when it comes to psychological research. Additionally, the internet can have surveys, which generate reports that can be used as a source of information for research purposes. In addition, experiments and assignments can be carried out over the internet with remote targets and thus the workload is reduced with the internet in conducting researches (Ramsey, Thompson, McKenzie & Rosenbaum, 2016).
Many people now live online; their lives are much on the internet due to socializing and work related interests. Thus, conducting research on the web provides a large sample to work with for obtaining quantitative statistical data (Schwarz & Clore, 2016). The larger the sample of data used, the higher the statistical power, and thus the better and more accurate the results obtained.
Psychological research may require huge finances to obtain information that is not biased and that bears a lot of truth. Through conducting the research on the internet, the cost incurred is relatively small as the study will not need transportation, accommodation, printing and the cost of printing the research materials (Ramsey et al., 2016). This is so because the internet has powerful features, which generate all the requirements, and avails them to the respondents and persons participating in the research at any given time regardless of their geographic location.\
Limitations of the Internet as a Source of Research
People on the internet usually have their interests and conducting research over the online media does not have any guarantee of participation from the users of the web. The answers given by such subjects may not be accurate as the subject might rush the study without the interest of providing relevant information. Additionally, there is the risk of the subjects dropping out of the survey before giving all the information that is required, and thus the method of study cannot be entirely relied upon (Schwarz & Clore, 2016).
Risk of Malicious Attackers
The internet is packed with people with malicious minds who target specific websites for reasons unknown. In the case of conducting research, the site can be hacked and the information that already obtained altered either in support or against the research topic. Since the internet security is not assured, the information gathered over the web for research purposes cannot be entirely relied upon.
Participation more than once
Participants may take the research process as a recreational activity and try to participate in the study more than once. In such cases, the information that is obtained is not legible, and thus it is not fit to be used in decision-making.
Ethical Concerns Noted
As a volunteer in the process of answering, the questions relating to mathematics’ anxiety and some ethical concerns are noted. The website states that the information that will be obtained by their system will be held with confidentiality as the government has provided. Additionally, the users are given a chance to withdraw from the study at any time, and their data will not be used on the recommendation of services to the teachers for better learning experiences.
Ramsey, S. R., Rosenbaum, A., McKenzie, M., & Thompson, K. L., (2016). Psychological research in the internet age: The quality of web-based data. Computers in Human Behavior, 58, 354-360.
Schwarz, N., & Clore, G. L. (2016). Evaluating Emotional Research Requires More Than Consideration to the N: An Observation on Simonsohn’s (2015)“Small Telescopes.” Psychological Science, 27(10), 1407-1409. Obtained from http://opim.wharton.upenn.edu/~uws/papers/Schwarz_Clore_2016.pdf
Star, J., & Rittle-Johnson, B. (2016). Toward an Educational Psychology of Mathematics Education. Handbook of Educational Psychology, 257-268.
Buckley, S., Goos, M., Reid, K., Thomson, S., & Lipp, O. V. (2016). Understanding and lecturing mathematics anxiety using standpoints from psychology, education, and neuroscience. Australian Journal of Education, 60(2), 157-170. Available at https://espace.curtin.edu.au/bitstream/handle/20.500.11937/15667/242207_242207.pdf?sequence=2.