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ERIC Number: ED440672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-16
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reducing "Math Anxiety" in College Algebra Courses Including Comparisons with Elementary Statistics Courses.
Bankhead, Mike
The high levels of anxiety, apprehension, and apathy of students in college algebra courses caused the instructor to create and test a variety of math teaching techniques designed to boost student confidence and enthusiasm in the subject. Overall, this proposal covers several different techniques, which have been evaluated by both students and the instructor. The paper proposes a series of study techniques, which are covered on the first day of class and throughout the course. Armed with practical advice about approaching the algebra course, the students learn by example. The instructor uses examples, such as rules of cricket matches as a way to make the material come to life. Other suggested techniques are making chapter notes available to students, and providing example tests before final exams and additional study sessions. Sometimes students are allowed to work in groups and complete group projects. Within this paper are several examples of the handouts and examples of worksheets given to students. The paper concludes that in addition to succeeding in reducing students' anxiety level so that the instructor could engage in more teaching, the instructor also developed a greater interest and enthusiasm for the topic. (AF)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky