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Does the curriculum 'Math and the Mind's Eye' reduce mathematics anxiety in middle school students?

1 March 1989


t1ath and the Mind's Eye, a curriculum beginning to be widely used in the Portland, Oregon area, is tested under the static group comparison model, to see if the curriculum reduces mathematics anxiety in seventh grade students. Testing occurred in November 1988 at two schools., Harriet Tubman Middle School and Whitaker Middle School. At Harriet Tubman, 32 students (56~ white, 53% female) from two classes were tested after using the Math and the Mind's Eye curriculum. At Whitaker, 34 students (47% white, 61 ~ female) from two classes were tested after using the Heath Mathematics textbook. A revised version of the oJ t1athematics Anxiety Rating Scale for Adolescents (MARS-A), created by Richard Suinn, was used as a post-test covering lessons taught in September, October, and November in each of the four classes. The t-ratio between the two groups, experimental and control, measured 1.243 (p > .05). An independent one-way analysis of variance between the four classes showed a significant difference between the classes of 6.1939 (p < .O 1). There is a significant critical difference between the two control group classes and between one experimental group class and one control group class. Since there is no significant difference between the experimental and control group, the difference between the individual classes may be attributed to more significant variable influencing mathematics anxiety. Further testing that includes these variables or a difference experimental model, may bring more insight into how a specific curriculum affect mathematics anxiety in the middle grades.


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