Mathematical anxiety and the Zone of Proximal Development
Keywords:Mathematical anxiety, Zone of Proximal Development, Sociocultural theory, Teaching mathematics
In the recent article mathematical anxiety in a group of junior students is discussed. These students have just entered tertiary education in the field of Hotel Management and have to deal with Business mathematics during their first semester. A question regarding mathematical anxiety is posed to them by the instructor. Their answers are written down and a sociocultural analysis ensues based on the renowned Vygotsky’s theory.
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