Our work on mathematics anxiety builds from the research finding that, for twenty percent of the population, mathematics triggers fear, frustration and panic. In classrooms these emotions lead to students’ avoidance of mathematics classes and initiate negative conceptions of mathematical abilities and identities. Our work is investigating the link between negative emotions and students’ mathematical learning. Using classroom data, we have been developing a theoretical explanation for why mathematics anxiety develops.
Principal investigator: Professor Margaret Walshaw
Collaborators: Wolff-Michael Roth, Lansdowne Professor, Applied Cognitive Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada; Shane Harvey, Psychology Clinic Director, Massey University, New Zealand