ERIC Number: ED355099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Lowering Preservice Teachers' Mathematics Anxiety through an Experience-Based Mathematics Methods Course.
Conrad, Karen S.; Tracy, Dyanne M.
Research has shown that elementary teachers are mathematics anxious, and that this anxiousness can be transmitted to their students. Therefore, many students are not afforded the opportunity to participate in a comfortable mathematics environment. Preservice elementary teachers (n=63) reported their pre- and posttest mathematics anxiety using the Mathematic Anxiety Rating Scale. They completed an experienced-based mathematics methods course in which their enrollment was required. Results from t-tests and ANOVAs revealed significantly lower mathematics anxiety levels for students of all ages (20-41 years old) with levels of high school mathematics ranging from algebra I to calculus. Teacher educators should be aware that an experience-based mathematics methods course not only prepares teachers to teach mathematics, but it prepares them to teach mathematics with less anxiety. (Contains 21 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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