ERIC Number: ED154330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
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Curricular Interventions and Programming Innovations for the Reduction of Mathematics Anxiety.
Mathison, Marjorie A.
Math anxiety, or mathophobia, is an irrational fear of mathematics which interferes with the manipulation of numbers. In mild forms it may be only an annoyance, but severe forms may result in total avoidance of numerical operations, with accompanying fears and stress. Three methods for dealing with math anxiety have been developed by various institutions across the country: remediation, content manipulation, and an integrated approach involving both math coursework and psychological intervention. Basic considerations in curricular interventions for math anxiety are: (1) population being served, including age and sex; (2) what institutional resources are available and how they can be structured; (3) faculty selection; and (4) sensitization of other math faculty within the institution. The third consideration is perhaps the most crucial, since faculty characteristics such as respect for students, clarity of explanation, and clear but flexible goals have been shown to have positive effects on student attitude. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)