Date of Award
Master Of Arts In Urban Education
Colleges & School
College Of Education And Leadership
Linda Gordy, PhD
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Creative writing (Middle school); Math anxiety; Educational tests and measurements; Middle school education
This study was designed to determine whether or not creative writing prior to “high-stakes” mathematics examinations was affective in reducing mathematics stress, anxiety, and/or worry. The participants chosen for the study were 26 sixth grade students in a middle school mathematics class. All participants were assigned to either a High Anxiety or Low Anxiety distinction based on an anxiety survey requiring students to rank the level of math anxiety they felt in various mathematics scenarios. Participants were then screened for mathematics ability by scores on standardized and district mathematics exams, and assigned to experimental and control conditions. Results were comprised of individual test scores on two high stakes exams, and analyzed specifically for growth across two installments of each exam. Analysis of growth scores showed that exposure to the experimental creative writing condition was successful for some groups.
Prochnow, Brenna, "The effectiveness of creative writing on lowering mathematics anxiety and increasing standardized test scores in middle school" (2016). Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects. 406.
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