Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Math anxiety; Mathematics--Study and teaching;
Math anxiety has cognitive, physical, and affective components. The physical component is recognizable by sweaty palms, nausea, rapid heart rhythm, and shortness of breath – all of which are the body's response to anxious feelings. The affective component is displayed through lack of confidence in one's ability to accomplish the required mathematics computations, avoidance of studying mathematics, limitations of career choices, and an over-all sense of helplessness when confronted with mathematical situations. The cognitive component occurs when the anxiety reaches a level that reduces the efficiency of the working memory in the brain while learning new mathematical concepts. Tobias, a respected authority on math anxiety, believes that everyone will experience some level of math anxiety sometime during his/her lifetime.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Thomas R. Berg
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©2006 Mary S. Fliehler
Fliehler, Mary S., "The phenomenon of math anxiety" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 650.