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The Maths Anxiety Trust aims to eliminate anxiety about Maths

Dr Ann D Dowker


by Ann D Dowker, Amar Sarkar and Chung Yen Looi
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford


This article first appeared in Frontiers in Psychology


The construct of mathematics anxiety has been an important topic of study at least since the concept of number anxiety was introduced by Dreger and Aiken (1957), and has received increasing attention in recent years. This paper focuses on what research has revealed about mathematics anxiety in the last 60 years, and what still remains to be learned. We discuss what mathematics anxiety is; how distinct it is from other forms of anxiety; and how it relates to attitudes to mathematics.


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