Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Many students are affected by and suffer from math anxiety. Unfortunately, many teachers fail to recognize and address math anxiety in their classrooms and this only hinders students from developing a strong foundation in mathematics and can result in a lack of self esteem in the subject of math. To learn more about math anxiety, a math teacher was interviewed and surveys were distributed among students in grades 6-8 at a local middle school. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the data, that centered around the need for a more progressive math instruction, including teaching math to real life concepts, using math manipulatives in the classroom, and forming support systems. With this data in mind, the math teacher that was interviewed and I developed a lesson plan for the students that taught real life concepts. Through this project it was determined that although math anxiety does exist for about one-third of students, there are ways to teach the math curriculum that overcomes math anxiety, so that the students enjoy math and develop a strong mathematical foundation at an early age.
Aguas, Christina J., "Factoring in math anxiety : defining, recognizing, and overcoming apprehensions towards math" (2013). Capstone Projects (Campus-Only Access). 313.