STUDYING THE EFFECT OF POSITIVE THINKING ON TEST ANXIETY AND PERCEPTION OF CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
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Test anxiety and perception of the classroom environment are related to academic performance. This study
aimed to investigate the effect of positive thinking on test anxiety and perception of the classroom
environment in Sarab, Iran. A randomized clinical trial was conducted on 90 individuals. The intervention
group received eight 90-minute sessions of positive thinking training. A demographic questionnaire, the
Sarason’s Test Anxiety Questionnaire, and questionnaire of the students’ perceptions of the classroom were
used. Data were analysed using SPSS-v21. Test anxiety of the intervention group was 63.52 at the pre-test
which reduced to 47.26 at post-test (p <0.001). Also, the perception of the classroom environment increased
from 97.06 to 101.04 after the intervention (p <0.001). However, there were no such significant changes
among the control group (p >0.05). It is recommended to employ psychological and counselling services to
decrease test anxiety and also promote the perception of the classroom environment.
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