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ERIC Number: ED498824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-1
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Group Anxiety Reduction with Sixth Grade Students
Miller, Nichole; DeLapp, Renee; Driscoll, Richard
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Given the high incidence of test-anxiety impairment and the need to treat more students, the study was undertaken to assess a group-administered intervention requiring a minimum of staff hours. An "active control" training was used which has been shown to provide strong anxiety reduction and respectable test score gains in prior studies. The training involves active physical participation to control anxiety, and includes adaptive associations to learning, review, and testing scenes. An entire sixth grade was screened, and 71 students identified as test-anxious were randomly assigned to a Treatment or to a non-participant Control group. The training was presented in three separate sessions to each of two same-sex groups, once live and twice via a 31 minute recording. Students were also given the recorded training to review at least once at home. The Treatment was found to lower test anxiety, producing a 1.1 SD effect size (p less than 0.01). Test gains were calculated from the 2007 statewide tests (TCAPs) given a week after the intervention, compared to the prior 2006 TCAPs. The Treatment students attained 4.1 percentile test gains against the Controls. The importance of closer counselor involvement to win student cooperation and of longer acclimation spans after the interventions were considered in accounting for the more modest test gains compared to earlier studies. It is noted that the program attained strong anxiety benefits and modest test performance gains with under an hour of staff time per participating student. (Contains 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A