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ERIC Number: ED180522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Monroeville, PA. Boyce Campus.