Examining math anxiety among middle schoolers and how it affects their performance

Math anxiety, which can begin as early as kindergarten, negatively affects students’ math performance both in the moment and throughout their math education. Most research focuses on the affective or physiological aspects of math anxiety—the feeling of your palms sweating or the sense that your heart is racing. But, as University of Delaware Associate Professor Jessica Namkung has shown, it’s much more than that.

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