This paper describes the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) approach to the teaching of an introductory, level 2 (where level 5 is equivalent to stage 1 university), mathematics course. It describes what has been done to address maths anxiety and poor attitudes to mathematics. An analysis of Maths Anxiety Scores (MAS) and Maths Self-Concept (MSC) scores is presented and compared with achievement. The results of interviews with students who have completed this course are also presented.
Conference Contribution - Full Conference paper
Kennedy, D. (2005). Maths with attitude: an encouragement based approach. Presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ 2005), Tauranga, New Zealand.