Dominic Petronzi

Dominic Petronzi
University of Derby

Doctor of Philosophy

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Publications (28)
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Mathematics anxiety (MA) is a negative cognitive-emotional response to mathematics (maths) or numbers associated with tense and anxious feelings that hinder the ability to manipulate numbers and solve mathematical problems. Maths anxious individuals often show poor performance when solving maths problem, but not on other cognitive tasks. We draw to...
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The topic of non-consensual sexual images has become an increasingly important issue within the social policy landscape. Social and legal scholars have advocated for these behaviours to be designated sexual offences due to the mode of perpetration of these behaviours, but are explicit in their rejection of a sexual element being important in the mo...
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The psychological construct of nature connectedness - the depth of an individual's relationship with the natural world - has not only been associated with benefits for mental well-being but has also shown relationships with personality traits relevant to the dark personality literature. These include agreeableness, cognitive and affective empathy,...
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The Covid-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge for wider society and has impacted all facets of life, including Higher Education Institution (HEIs) provision for teaching and learning – demanding an immediate digital response. The core challenge lies with the inherent choice made by students upon embarking on an undergraduate degree; t...
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In the current context of promoting active learning and raising student engagement within Higher Education, an increasing amount of research has looked at pedagogical-based design and factors that contribute to functional behaviours surrounding the interaction and use of academic assessment feedback. However, few studies have considered the perceiv...
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This study will employ a 2 (Strategy group; [1] Maths Anxiety book group, [2] General (Non maths-based book) x3 (Time point; [1] Pre, [2] Post, & [3] Follow Up) quantitative cross-sectional design to assess the efficacy of a storybook intervention for reducing maths anxiety in year one primary school children, aged 5-7 years (UK Year one and two)....
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This study will employ a 2 (Strategy group; [1] Nature Connectedness book group, [2] General (Non nature-based book) x3 (Time point; [1] Pre, [2] Post, & [3] Follow Up) quantitative cross-sectional design to assess the efficacy of a storybook intervention for promoting nature connectedness in primary school children, aged 5-7 years (UK years one an...
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Recent legislative developments have led to a marked increase in the empirical investigation of motivations and judgments of so-called acts of “revenge pornography” offending. In two independently sampled studies, we used moderation analyses to investigate whether higher levels of intrasexual competition predicted more lenient judgments of revenge...
Preprint
The psychological construct of nature connectedness - the depth of an individual’s relationship with the natural world - has not only been associated with benefits for mental well-being but has also shown relationships with personality traits relevant to the dark personality literature. These include agreeableness, cognitive and affective empathy,...
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With benefits to both human well-being and pro-nature conservation behaviors, nature connectedness is emerging as an important psychological construct for a sustainable future. The growing research and applied and policy-related interests require a straightforward measure of nature connectedness that is suitable for both children and adult populati...
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The topic of non-consensual sexual images has become an increasingly important issue within the social policy landscape. Social and legal scholars have advocated for these behaviours to be designated sexual offences due to the mode of perpetration of these behaviours, but are explicit in their rejection of a sexual element in the motivations underp...
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There are currently many mathematics anxiety rating scales designed typically for adult and older children populations, yet there remains a lack of assessment tools for younger children (< 7 years of age) despite a recent focus on this age range. Following previous testing and validation, the 26-item iteration of the Children’s Mathematics Anxiety...
Preprint
Recent legislative developments have led to a marked increase in the empirical investigation of motivations and judgements of so-called acts of ‘revenge pornography’ offending. In two independently-sampled studies, we used moderation analyses to investigate whether higher levels of intrasexual competition predict more lenient judgements of revenge...
Preprint
There are currently many mathematics anxiety rating scales designed typically for adult and older children populations, yet there remains a lack of assessment tools for younger children (< 7 years of age) despite a recent focus on this age range. Following previous testing and validation, the 26-item iteration of the Children’s Mathematics Anxiety...
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Background. The origins of mathematics anxiety have, until recently, received limited attention and research has not explored the associated factors in the first years of schooling. Aims. (1) To gain an understanding of the factors that children perceive as influencing attitudes towards numeracy (2) to explore the primary care providers’ observat...
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been evidenced as providing non-traditional learners with greater potential for personal and career based development. However, there remains a link between low retentions statistics and the learning intentions of those who enrol on the courses, although more focussed pedagogical practices may increase compl...
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Background. The origins of mathematics anxiety have, until recently, received limited attention and an assessment measure has not yet been developed specifically for children aged 4-7 years in the U.K. Aims. To develop the numeracy apprehension scale (NAS) for the assessment of numeracy apprehension in children between the ages of 4-7 years. Samp...
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have and continue to change the way in which non-traditional learners' access education. Although the free element of these has been linked to low completion rates due to no invested interest, the MOOC platform enables innovative technologies and practices to be trialled. Therefore, rather than attributing varied...
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Badges enable academic and non-academic learners to collect and display their achievements and to enhance their training and qualification repertoire. To support engagement in class-based and online modules we have introduced badge ecosystems backed up by University quality assurance procedures. This paper presents two case studies which exemplify...
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Massive Open Online Courses have made educational courses more accessible, particularly to non-traditional learners. This new approach to education has required a prompt response from institutions and universities. Whilst many massive open online courses have been and continue to be delivered to global audiences, covering any topic as chosen by the...
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This poster was presented at the University of Derby Learning and Teaching Conference 2016
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Massive Open Online Courses have presented a new educational paradigm that incorporate the latest technologies and can reach a global audience. Due to the accessibility of these courses, there is acceptance that learners have varying motivational factors and intentions. However, this research has questioned whether the self-assigned intentions that...
Technical Report
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Connecting with nature should be part of every child’s life as it has the potential to aid nature’s revival while benefiting the child. To embed nature connection within our social norms, there is a need to be able to understand the benefits and set targets for levels of nature connection. This report presents findings on the impact of connection...
Technical Report
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Connecting with nature should be part of every child’s life as it has the potential to aid nature’s revival while benefiting the child. To embed nature connection within our social norms, there is a need to be able to understand the benefits and set targets for levels of nature connection. This report presents findings on the impact of connection...
Technical Report
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Connecting with nature should be part of every child’s life as it has the potential to aid nature’s revival while benefiting the child. To embed nature connection within our social norms, there is a need to be able to understand the benefits and set targets for levels of nature connection. This report presents findings on the impact of connection...

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While research may typically be published, this often resides within an academic sphere and may have little impact on the day-to-day lives of children, young people, parents and teachers. The proposed series of books has moved beyond concept and has already begun a process of filtering research informed knowledge into an accessible format. The series of books presents an opportunity for other researchers to channel their empirical work into a directly impactful and educationally engaging format. Consequently, this can be impactful at the local (initially) and national level.
‘Noodle’ is an excitable family Jack Russell on a series of learning adventures, from making a mess to learning how to connect with nature. Noodle leads her owners into comical and sometimes difficult situations that challenge children to think about feelings, consequences and the right course of action. Yet with an always happy ending, children witness Noodle helping to rectify situations, which reinforces morals, values and the particular focus of a particular book.
Through Noodle’s adventures and learning, key research findings surrounding a wider range of issues are broken into a format that not only supports grown-ups in approaching and educating various topics, but is also accessible and fun for all children, for example:
[1] Promoting resilience.
[2] Overcoming educational anxieties.
[3] Connecting with nature (wellbeing).
[4] Managing feelings of guilt and shame.
[4] Promoting awareness of eating disorders/healthy eating behaviours in children.
The ever-expanding series is visually exciting and will continue to grow and support children in an ever-changing world.

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The Children's Mathematics Anxiety Scale UK (CMAS-UK, Petronzi et al., 2018) has been shown to be a reliable and valid instrument for measuring maths anxiety in young (4-7 years) children in the UK. However, it is possible that its validity can be improved further. The current response method includes a series of emoticons. Compared to a word-based approach, e.g. "little anxiety" to "much anxiety", this is considered to be a more child-friendly approach for assessing self-reported anxiety in children and negates the requirement for children to achieve a desired reading level. However, the use of simple faces denoting various emotions may not be the most valid approach. Firstly, the use of emoticons typically results in the use of an emoticon being that represents the opposite to anxiety, yet it is debatable whether such a direct, semantic opposite exists, e.g. "happy". Arguably, an emoticon that depicts happiness taps into an alternative affective dimension. Secondly, it is arguable that simple drawings are too ambiguous, opening up the possibility that children may interpret the emotions they supposedly depict in different ways. Working with a professional artist, we propose a series of images that more validly and less ambiguously depict appropriate degrees of anxiety. The new scale will undergo rigorous testing, including measures of content, convergent, and discriminant validity, in addition to an assessment of its factor structure. The target population will be 6-7 year-olds.
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[1] To incorporate key research findings surrounding a wide range of issues into a format that not only supports parents/carers and educators in approaching and teaching various topics, but is also accessible and fun for all children. [2] To subsequently test whether specific book topics e.g. maths anxiety, can be reduced/promoted in children using a storybook based strategy.
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Examining how people connect with nature and the affective, educational, and wellbeing consequences of doing so.