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Dr Ann D Dowker
College Lecturer in Psychology
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED IN 60 YEARS?

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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