ERIC Number: ED202676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects on Adult Women and Men of Participating in a Math Anxiety Program.
Hendel, Darwin D.
In the 1980's, understanding and using mathematics will become even more important in the careers and personal lives of men and women in America. The Mathematics Anxiety Program at the University of Minnesota is the subject of this study. The initial pool of subjects was 342 participants in six separate offerings of the program. The offerings were held during December and January of 1977-78 and August and September of 1978. Follow-up assessment of mathematics anxiety and other outcomes was conducted approximately one and a half and two years after initial contact. Data from 151 participants were received that involved completion of a second copy of the anxiety scale used in the program and an evaluative questionnaire. Findings indicate that participants in a Mathematics Anxiety Program have diverse goals. Comparison of scores in the mathematics test and numerical anxiety scales indicated a significant reduction from the initial diagnostic clinic to the follow-up. However the author indicates that the study is experimentally weak because a no-treatment comparison group was not included. While the investigation demonstrated that participants in the program had been helped, the complex relationships among prior mathematics ability experiences and avoidance suggest caution in interpreting any single variable differences in mathematics anxiety. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale; Mathematics Education Research; University of Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).