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Intro to BIOMAAP - Student Math Anxiety Overview

Author(s): Paige F.B. Ferguson

University of Alabama

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This presentation is intended as a stand alone 45 minutes-1 hour presentation to give students general information on math anxiety and a few strategies to try on their own.

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Version 1.0 - published on 21 May 2019 doi:10.25334/Q4BQ8Q - cite this

Adapted from: Intro to BIOMAAP - Student Math Anxiety Overview v 1.0


I made a few changes to the original Overview PowerPoint.  I added 2 slides at the beginning explaining what BIOMAAP is and why the material matters.  I gave this lecture at the transition point mid-way through the semester from mostly covering concepts and theory to mostly using code and applying models.  I added slides 10 and 11 to give an overview and, in the photos, contrast the way people typically conceptualize math (slide 10) from the reality of what math and mathematicians can be (slide 11).  I deleted the original slide 25 and added slide 27 to give context relevant to my students at the University of Alabama.  I added slide 29 and deleted the original slide 29.  I condensed the original slides 31-34 into slide 32.  I modified the original slide 35 and deleted 36.  I replaced slide 36 with the original slides 39.  I modified the original slide 40 and deleted 42.


This presentation can be used for an event or seminar in which students have no further exposure to BIOMAAP activities. If you plan on using BIOMAAP activities in your course, we recommend starting with the “Introduction to BIOMAAP” presentation instead. The presentation introduces the idea of math anxiety, and presents some of the research and strategies in BIOMAAP, with examples drawn from the “Introduction to Growth Mindset,” “Answer checking,” “Value of Mistakes,” and “Reflective writing” modules.

If you do end up sharing this presentation with your department or other colleagues, we would love to hear from you!

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