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ERIC Number: EJ881713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Dealing with Maths Anxiety: How "Do" You Teach Mathematics in a Geography Department?
Chapman, Lee
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v34 n2 p205-213 May 2010
Mathematics is often taught covertly as a "service" subject in geography departments, but can often be a cause of fear for students who may not have studied the subject post-GCSE. Negative attitudes are common and many students show signs of maths anxiety. This paper details how students' attitudes were changed by a new foundation mathematics course which taught numeracy in an applied context. By starting at an appropriate baseline level and working in a small-group teaching environment, overall feedback scores from module evaluation forms increased from 1.5/5.0 to 4.4/5.0 (where 1 is poor and 5 is good) over a period of two years. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A