New conference paper accepted to 6th Annual International Conference on Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics Education, 11-14 June 2012, Athens, Greece
Title: Anxiety abatement in a class of future mathematics teachers – a case study
Authors: James, S., Batten, L. and Cyganowski, M.
We demonstrate by means of a case study that the ‘Whole Teacher’ approach can be viably used with a large classroom of teacher trainees in abating anxiety over the subject they are learning. We show that the core principles of ‘confidence generation’ in terms of skill, knowledge and practice work equally well here as in other case studies with different goals.
The success of our project in mitigating mathematics anxiety is evidence that the aims of the ‘Whole Teacher’ approach can be extended beyond simply the acquisition of knowledge and improvement of skills.