On creating a 'free of anxiety' assessment environment for students with special needs

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Yevdokimov, Oleksiy. 2011. "On creating a 'free of anxiety' assessment environment for students with special needs ." NORSMA6: New Trends in Special Needs Education in Mathematics: Problems and Possibilities. Kristiansand, Norway 02 - 04 Nov 2011 Kristiansand, Norway.
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On creating a 'free of anxiety' assessment environment for students with special needs

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AuthorYevdokimov, Oleksiy
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 6th Conference of The Nordic Research Network on Special Needs Education in Mathematics (NORSMA6)
Number of Pages6
Year2011
Place of PublicationKristiansand, Norway
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.uia.no/en/div/conferences/norsma6
Conference/EventNORSMA6: New Trends in Special Needs Education in Mathematics: Problems and Possibilities
Event Details
NORSMA6: New Trends in Special Needs Education in Mathematics: Problems and Possibilities
Event Date
02 to end of 04 Nov 2011
Event Location
Kristiansand, Norway
Abstract

The paper discusses a theoretical perspective and supports a possibility of creating a special assessment environment for students with special needs, where their mathematical knowledge and understanding can be assessed without intervention of external psychological factors that may affect such assessment. A concept of a zone with minimal affect of anxiety is introduced and described. Students' successful work to extend the zone through a carefully selected chain of questions, where some of the questions only are part of real assessment, allows reconsidering their status as those with low achievement in mathematics, and identifying their main learning difficulties as of psychological character. Suggestions about further ways for
investigating a 'free of anxiety' assessment environment are given in the final section of the paper.

Keywordsmathematics anxiety; assessment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
390411. Special education and disability
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Mathematics and Computing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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