Mathematics anxiety in the classroom: developing a professional learning platform for teachers

Author: Simon Fuller

Fuller, Simon, 2022 Mathematics anxiety in the classroom: developing a professional learning platform for teachers, Flinders University, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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The last decade has seen an ever-increasing body of empirical research around Mathematics Anxiety specifically from psychology and educational neuroscience perspectives. However, findings from current research have not been effectively translated into classroom practice. This study seeks to ameliorate this gap by developing a professional learning platform to bring this knowledge into the classroom. Using Mathematics Anxiety as a platform, this research explores working relationships between specialist intermediaries and classroom teachers, as a basis for teacher professional learning. A specialist teacher (the researcher) worked in the middle school classroom to demonstrate strategies to increase student engagement interactive positive self-talk, and reflection of students with mathematics anxiety to the classroom teacher. This study will endeavour to fill the void in the literature regarding effective use of strategies to support students with Mathematics Anxiety but also further develop the role of dyadic professional learning for teachers.

Keywords: mathematics anxiety, professional learning, education, educational neuroscience, actor network theory

Subject: Education thesis

Thesis type: Professional Doctorate
Completed: 2022
School: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
Supervisor: Associate Professor Julie Clark