M.A. in Mathematics Education
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education
College of Education
Math anxiety--Prevention; Mathematics--Remedial teaching; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary)
Science and Mathematics Education
The purpose of this study was to determine if increasing the amount of problem solving, journal writing, group work, and praise would decrease the level of mathematics anxiety experienced by eighth grade students. The forty-seven students involved included twenty-one average to below average students and twenty-six average to above average students. Both groups were pretested and posttested using the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale - A. During a six week period, class time contained a high concentration of problem solving, journal writing, group work, and praise. A dependent t test was used to analyze the results.
The conclusions showed a significant decrease in the level of mathematics anxiety experienced by the average to above average students at the 0.01 level. There was no significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores of the average to below average group at the 0.05 level.
Hutter, Mindy S., "A study to determine the effectiveness of various factors in the reduction of mathematics anxiety" (1995). Theses and Dissertations. 2252.