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ERIC Number: EJ1021512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
"I Feel Nervous... Very Nervous" Addressing Test Anxiety in Inner City Schools through Play and Performance
Lobman, Carrie
Urban Education, v49 n3 p329-359 Apr 2014
The intense focus on standardized tests has created a culture of anxiety in many inner-city schools. This article presents the findings of a case study of a test anxiety program that helped inner-city students and staffs deal more productively with anxiety through play, performance, and team building. According to the findings, the program created an environment where children and teachers talked about, addressed, and even played with their fears around testing. The program did this by destigmatizing anxiety, using improvisation to transform children's relationship to fear, and by creating new tools for dealing with anxiety and test-taking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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