A study was conducted by the Scientists of the University of Cambridge to examine the factors resulting in math anxiety in kids at primary and secondary school. This research was published by the University of Cambridge on March 14, 2019.
In the year 2002, research was published that proved that math anxiety is real. Now the researchers have been engaged to figure out the reasons behind its evolvement.
As a result of increased nervousness, kids find it difficult to understand their subjects. The recent study has shown that parents and teachers play a vital role during the learning process of students and they are the reason for this state in students.
During the study, researchers from the University of Cambridge examined the experiences of 2,700 primary and secondary students in the UK and Italy. The results of the analysis were shocking. It was found that girls in primary and secondary school had higher levels of anxiety. This anxiety was specifically towards math.
Ros McLellan, the co-author of the study said, "Teachers, parents, brothers and sisters and classmates can all play a role in shaping a child's math anxiety. Parents and teachers should also be mindful of how they may unwittingly contribute to a child's maths anxiety. Tackling their own anxieties and belief systems in maths might be the first step to helping their children or students."
The medical specialists define math anxiety as "a feeling of tension and anxiety that interferes with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in ordinary life and academic situations."
It has been stated that due to too much pressure from parents and teachers, kids develop a fear of making a mistake. Due to the developed anxiety, they fail to understand a topic.
During the study, many students were asked about their experiences and the researchers found that students started finding the subject more complex as they got more anxious. It was also found that most of the students struggled to understand the subject when more than one teacher was teaching them as their teaching styles had a difference.
Many other students have also experienced some incidents in a class where they knew the answers but forget the moment they were called to answer in the class. As a result, students started panicking even on easy topics and it resulted in the degradation of their results.
The parents and teachers need to understand that such seriousness in studies can result in reversed performances of students. Many other ways can be adopted by the teachers and parents to teach students to avoid math anxiety.
Now the researchers are conducting further studies to focus on how math anxiety can be reduced in students before any severe consequences in kids’ performances.