ERIC Number: ED180522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Mathophobia Workshop: A Strategy for Developing Mathematical Readiness for the Academically Disadvantaged Student in Career Education.
Baylis, Clifford A., Jr.
A two-year project was funded at the Community College of Allegheny County to develop a model strategy for eliminating math anxiety and increasing basic mathematics skills in women students. Part of the rationale for the project was to combat the sex-role stereotypes that have traditionally tracked women away from math- and/or science-oriented careers. The model employed a five-week series of Mathophobia Workshops in which students developed prerequisite math competencies through success-oriented instruction and identified and practiced personal strategies in handling math anxiety. Workshop personnel included the Director of the Learning Center; a professional counselor who provided group feedback, career information, and test interpretation; two math instructors who developed individualized and group learning strategies; a psychology instructor who provided deconditioning exercises; a paraprofessional counselor/tutor; and peer tutors. Two-thirds of the workshop time was devoted to math instruction, including product-related topics such as fractions and decimals, and process-related topics such as non-computational problem-solving and "hands-on" experience with abaci and calculators. Counseling strategies were designed to identify math anxiety, encourage the sharing of problems, and promote continued group support after the end of the workshops. A bibliography of instructional materials is included. (JP)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Counseling, Females, Learning Laboratories, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction, Nontraditional Occupations, Personnel Needs, Program Descriptions, Remedial Mathematics, Self Concept, Sex Stereotypes, Success, Tutoring, Two Year Colleges, Womens Education, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Monroeville, PA. Boyce Campus.