# Minimising mathematical anxiety in teaching mathematics and assessing student’s work

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*11th International Mathematics Education and Society Conference: Exploring new ways to connect (2021).*Virtual Germany.

Paper/Presentation Title | Minimising mathematical anxiety in teaching mathematics and assessing student’s work |
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Presentation Type | Paper |

Authors | |

Author | Yevdokimov, Oleksiy |

Editors | Kollosche, David |

Journal or Proceedings Title | Proceedings of the 11th International Mathematics Education and Society Conference |

Journal Citation | 3, pp. 1090-1096 |

Number of Pages | 7 |

Year | 2021 |

Place of Publication | Germany |

ISBN | 9783347399129 |

9783347399136 | |

Web Address (URL) of Paper | https://mes11.aau.at |

Conference/Event | 11th International Mathematics Education and Society Conference: Exploring new ways to connect (2021) |

Event Details | 11th International Mathematics Education and Society Conference: Exploring new ways to connect (2021) Event Location Virtual |

Abstract | This paper builds up a theoretical perspective and supports a possibility of creating a special assessment environment for students, where mathematical knowledge and understanding can be assessed with a reduced number of external psychological factors that may affect such assessment. A concept of a zone with minimal effect of anxiety is introduced and described. Students’ successful work on extending the zone by means of a carefully selected chain of questions, where some questions only are part of a real assessment, allows students to reconsider their attitudes towards mathematics and assist teachers to identify some students’ main learning difficulties as of psychological character. Further suggestions about developing and investigating special assessment environments are outlined and discussed. |

Keywords | mathematical anxiety; teaching mathematics |

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020 | 390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy |

Byline Affiliations | University of Southern Queensland |

Institution of Origin | University of Southern Queensland |

Book Title | Exploring New Ways to Connect: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference |

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/q719x/minimising-mathematical-anxiety-in-teaching-mathematics-and-assessing-student-s-work

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