Mathematics Anxiety Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the causes and solutions for mathematics anxiety.
# 150363 | 1,201 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 03, 2012 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Psychology (General) , Mathematics (General)

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The paper discusses how students confronting mathematics can elicit classical symptoms of an anxiety attack, such as sweaty palms and difficulty in breathing. The paper looks at the causes behind this anxiety and discusses how outmoded teaching methods are often responsible for the perception of mathematics as tedious and stressful. The writer of this paper addresses the solutions and treatment of this anxiety and concludes by relating what he learned from this research.

Introduction and Overview
The Origins and Causes of Mathematics Anxiety
Solution and Treatment
What I Learned from the Research

From the Paper:

"The above view is echoed in many other studies. There is a growing consensus that the phenomenon of mathematics anxiety is closely linked to the way that the subject is presented and taught. As one expert puts it, "Our jaundiced attitude towards mathematics has been greatly exacerbated by the way in which it has been taught since early in this century". (Coping with Maths Anxiety) There is also a call to replace the traditional behaviorist model of mathematics teaching which emphasizes memorization and repetition with a more concept driven view of mathematics. It is felt by many pundits that more attention should be given to the conceptual framework and basis that underlies mathematics.
"In essence this means that that teaching methods in mathematics should be seriously reassessed. As Curtain-Phillips states, "Therefore, teaching methods must be re-examined. Consequently, there should be more emphasis on teaching methods which include less lecture, more student directed classes and more discussion". (Curtain-Phillips) This is also related to the view that active rather than passive learning is the best way of making the student more comfortable with the subject, leading to an alleviation of stress and anxiety."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coping with Maths Anxiety. September 18, 2009. <>
  • Curtain-Phillip M. The Causes and Prevention of Math Anxiety. September 18, 2009.
  • Richardson, F. and Suinn, R.. The Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale: Psychometric Data. Journal of Counseling Psychology, volume 19, 1972.
  • Russell D. Math Anxiety. September 18, 2009.<>
  • Tobias, S. Overcoming math anxiety. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 1993

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