ERIC Number: ED293691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
A Mindset for Math. Techniques for Identifying and Working with Math-Anxious Girls.
Genshaft, Judy; Naglieri, Jack
Described in this guide are the techniques used in a mathematics anxiety treatment project. All eighth- and tenth-grade students in two junior high schools and two high schools in a large urban school district were evaluated to determine their "math-anxiety" and "math-achievement" levels. Forty-five junior high and 45 high school girls were selected from this large pool of students. These 90 young women participated in a 6-week, 12-lesson project designed to reduce anxiety and improve attitudes toward and achievement in mathematics. The approach to mathematics-anxious girls was: (1) help them know when they are nervous and help them identify precise experiences that make them nervous; (2) give them specific tools to counteract irrational fears; (3) provide them with interesting experiences in basic mathematical operations; and (4) instill in them an understanding of the wide variety of mental activities encompassed in the word "mathematics." The overall aim was to show these students that mathematics is an integral part of their lives and does not have to be intimidating. (PK)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Fear, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Sex Differences
EDC/WEEA, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02169 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.