– According to a new study from the University of Chicago, kids with math-anxious parents tend to struggle in this domain themselves. These results confirm previous researches indicating that when teachers are anxious about mathematics, it may have a negative impact on their students’ learning. The research revealed, for the first time, a correlation between parents’ and children’s math anxiety – highlighting the big influence of adults’ behavior in education.
– “We often don’t think about how important parents’ own attitudes are in determining their children’s academic achievement. But our work suggests that if a parent is walking around saying ‘Oh, I don’t like math’ or ‘This stuff makes me nervous,’ kids pick up on this messaging and it affects their success,” said Sian Beilock, one of the researchers.
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