Female teachers can influence their female students’ math anxiety levels, study finds

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Women teachers’ anxiety about math may undermine girls’ confidence in learning the subject and decrease their performance in fields that depend on a grasp of math fundamentals, such as science and engineering, research at the University of Chicago shows.

The findings are the product of a year-long study of 17 first- and second-grade teachers and 65 girls and 52 boys who were their students. The researchers found that boys’ math performance was not related to their teacher’s math anxiety while girls’ math achievement was affected.

The study can be viewed at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Web site here.

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