Math Anxiety: Literature Review with References
This literature review by a mathematics professor at Humboldt State University focuses on the adult who suffers from math anxiety, with occasional references concerning math anxiety throughout the lifespan.
This literature review by a mathematics professor at Humboldt State University focuses on the adult who suffers from math anxiety, with occasional references concerning math anxiety throughout the lifespan. It covers definitions and characterizations of math anxiety, its prevalence, proposed cause, treatment (both self-help and instructional), effects and directions for further research.
This literature review references work prior to 2003. Included on Dr. Diane Johnson’s website are other resources related to Math and Statistics Anxiety Research.
This is a resource for practitioners -- as math anxiety is something all practitioners should address with their students before meaningful math learning can begin. It is also instructive for program administrators who might decide to offer professional development related to math anxiety and to offer additional resources to students with math anxiety.
The author has researched and compiled a valuable wealth of resources pertaining to math anxiety. Practitioners can receive a working definition of math anxiety and have a variety of ideas on how to help their students cope and overcome math anxiety. Resources on math anxiety, causes of math anxiety, strategies for math anxiety, and effects of math anxiety are provided for the practitioner.
The author not only reviews useful resources, she also describes some of the findings. For example, in the section on definitions of math anxiety, the author describes the interesting "cycle of math avoidance" from Preis & Briggs, 2001. An instructor would be motivated to consult these resources for further information. That is not always the case in literature reviews.
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