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1 Presenter: Glenroy Ajaniah Pinnock 1 Title: A Study Exploring Mathematics Anxiety in Adult Business Students

2 Problem Statement 2 The topic that stimulates my interest is mathematics anxiety. In this study, I will be seeking to find out the age range that is mostly affected by this anxiety. At the University of Technology we are not sure why many adult business students are failing math. Therefore, we should be encouraging adult business learners to reduce their fear of mathematics, particularly of pre-calculus and college algebra. We can reduce the anxiety by using new alternatives to make math more practically related to business students. Also, the time has come to eradicate the stereotype that adults are too old to learn.Indeed, these areas will be explored in this case.

3 References 3 Ashcraft, M. H., & Krause, J. A. (2007). Working memory, math performance, and math anxiety. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 2007, 14 (2), Retrieved from Yenilmez, K., Girginer, N., & Uzun, O. (2007). Mathematics anxiety and attitude level of students of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administrator: The Turkey model. International Mathematical Forum Journal, 2 (41), 1997 – Retrieved from 2007/yenilmezIMF pdfhttp://www.m-hikari.com/imf-password2007/ /yenilmezIMF pdf Yuksel, D. (2008). Mathematics anxiety questionnaire: Development and validation. Essays in Education, 23, Retrieved from

4 Purpose of Study 4 The purpose of this study is to understand why so many adult business mathematics students are failing college math/pre- calculus, as a result of math anxiety.

5 Questions Guiding the Study 5 #1: How would you describe your mathematical history (i.e., prior to and during math examinations) from primary/preparatory school until now? #2: How many hours do you spend practicing math, and what are some of the difficulties you have at the beginning of your math course?

6 Research Design 6 The design will be a case study. In this study, the participants will be purposefully sampled, so that key information is given

7 Data Collection Methods 7 I will use interviews, observations, and analysis of math examination grade sheets.

8 Data Analysis 8 Since I will be taking three data sources into consideration, I will arrange data in codes. Then I will code in 15-20, from which categories will be formed.

9 Validity Techniques 9 Triangulation of the data sources – that is comparing different data sources. Member checks – the participants reviewing of transcribed interviews to avoid the researchers bias. Confirmation that key information is given by the participants External auditing – this is done by an independent researcher to examine the collected data. Peer debriefing – a colleague checking field notes and then asking the researcher questions, to diversify the researchers views, so that new alternatives can be evolved from the data.

10 References Lodico, M. G., Spaulding, D. T., & Voegtle, K. H. (2010). Educational research: From theory to practice. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons. Merriam, S. B. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 10


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