Capstone/Dissertation Title

Reducing math anxiety

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

How can I measure if the way I teach and what I recommend to parents is effective in reducing math anxiety? Each year the author finds students with different levels of math anxiety and wonders if the way he teaches helps his students. Using qualitative, action research, the author conducts a phenomenology, providing first hand experiences of eight of his students and some of their parents. He begins with a literature review documenting what math anxiety is, how to identify students with math anxiety and its severity, math anxiety's causes, and ways to prevent, reduce, and cope with math anxiety. Next, he uses a survey to identify students in his classes with math anxiety, conducts interviews with those students, observes those students in class, and receives feedback from parents using a set of questionnaires. After analyzing the data he collected, the author concludes he is effective in reducing math anxiety.

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