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Friday, April 3, 2015

Uprooting Math Anxiety

Melissa Soto and children
Quick: What’s the square root of 49 divided by 3? If simply reading that sentence brought on a faint tremble of nervousness, you’re not alone. Math anxiety weighs heavy on the minds of many young students, and that unease frequently carries over into adulthood.

“It’s really sad to hear kids and even adults say, ‘I’m not good at math,’” said Melissa Soto, assistant professor of mathematics education at San Diego State University. “Kids start off excited about math, but by the third or fourth grade, they get more timid about it.”

Read Uprooting Math Anxiety and view the video at SDSU NewsCenter.