Abstract

In this work-in-progress paper, we discuss our development and implementation of wellness strategies to address pre-service teachers’ mathematics anxiety. Mathematics anxiety is prevalent in all levels of education, and often inhibits students’ abilities to learn mathematics. Emerging research in mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and other wellness techniques are making their way into classrooms to
remedy long-held feelings of anxiety. In our study, we analyzed current research on how wellness approaches can be harnessed in the mathematics classroom to mitigate the onset and effects of mathematics anxiety, and then implemented these approaches in a mathematics education course for pre-service teachers at a Canadian faculty of education. We are collecting pre-and post-course surveys to investigate how the strategies affect the mathematics anxiety of pre-service teachers.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2018

  • Date of Conference: 25-28 June, 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2018.0123
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-90-2
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada