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ERIC Number: EJ876845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
The Effects of Math Anxiety on Post-Secondary Developmental Students as Related to Achievement, Gender, and Age
Woodard, Teresa
Inquiry, v9 n1 Spr 2004
Having taught developmental mathematics for a number of years, the author is keenly aware of the effects of math anxiety on developmental math students. Math-anxious students complain of such things as nervousness, inability to concentrate, a blank mind, and a feeling of sickness when they are confronted with taking a math test. Math anxiety is described as "feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of mathematical problems in a wide variety of ordinary life and academic situations." Educators need to recognize the causes of math anxiety--such as poor math instruction, negative attitudes about math, negative math experiences, and low self-esteem--and work to help students cope with these factors. In this article, the author examines the nature of math anxiety in developmental students and proposes ways to alleviate their worries. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Language: English
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