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ERIC Number: ED354813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-13
Pages: 28
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Science Anxiety in Our Colleges: Origins, Implications, and Cures.
Anderson, George A.; Clawson, Kenneth
This paper focuses on science anxiety in undergraduate education and then reviews current theories on how to reduce science anxiety. The exploration of the phenomenon of science anxiety points out that this response results not from a lack of self-confidence, but from a lack of a framework of prior knowledge to help order new knowledge; it also indicates that societal, educational and family attitudes convey habits of anxiety and that notions of science aptitude are inherited rather than learned. A discussion of methods to overcome science anxiety touches on relaxation techniques, concept mapping, the importance of prior science skill training, cognitive development from concrete to abstract reasoning, and student collaboration in curriculum development. The paper's central section reviews extensive research on sex differences in science anxiety, focusing on high levels of female science anxiety and science avoidance. A discussion on motivating students describes barriers to motivation and methods for modifying instructional methods to engage students more effectively including a brief description of how to use computer programs to increase the number of ways the student can approach the material. (Contains 14 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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