More than half of Australian primary teachers have negative feelings about mathematics (Carroll, 1998) This article reports results from the initial phase of a study that is investigating how pre-service primary teachers' negative beliefs about and anxiety towards mathematics can be overcome. In this phase, a sampe of eighteen self-identified mathematically-anxious third-year pre-service primary education students enrolled in a mathematics education curriculum unit were interviewed about the perceived origins of their anxiety about mathematics. The analysis showed that most of the participants' maths-anxiety began in primary school and was attributed to primary school teachers. Situations such as teaching mathematics or being evaluated in mathematics were noted as particularly stressful and mathematical subjects such as algebra, space and number sense were specifically identified as causing maths-anxiety. The paper concludes with a brief discussion about the implications of these findings for the ensuing phases of the overall study.
|Title of host publication||Performing Educational Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theories, Methods and Practices|
|Editors||S Danby E McWilliam, J Knight J Knight|
|Place of Publication||Brisbane|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|