The course is made up of 4 units, each will require approximately 5 hours of study.

The content of unit is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:

Unit 1 - What is Maths Anxiety?

Image: Understanding Maths Anxiety online professional development courseIn this unit, you will reflect on personal experiences and attitudes towards maths, as well as look at the definition of maths anxiety and how it differs to other forms of anxiety and anxieties in other subjects. This unit considers the factors associated with maths anxiety and will look at how to measure and analysis levels of maths anxiety using an effective maths anxiety assessment scale.

Unit 2 - The Relationship Between Maths Anxiety, Thinking and Achievement

Image: Understanding Maths Anxiety online professional development courseThis unit pays close attention to the thought processes of a person that might have a negative association between maths anxiety and emotional responses. It also looks at the how anxiety impacts working memory and performance, and by experiencing maths test conditions and the ‘affective drop’, you will reflect on your feelings and how they influenced your performance during the tests.

Unit 3 - Maths Anxiety in Young Children: When and Why Does it Start?

Image: Understanding Maths Anxiety online professional development courseIn this unit, you will appraise and trial the Numeracy Apprehension Scale to understand how maths anxiety can be measured in younger children. This unit will look at the differences between children’s positive and negative attitudes towards maths, as well as looking at maths anxiety factors previously identified by research whilst considering insight from maths experts.

Unit 4 - Primary Adult Influences, Observations and Maths Anxiety

Image: Understanding Maths Anxiety online professional development courseThis unit looks at the influences that teachers and parents have on children’s learning and attitudes towards maths and why this is an issue. It also looks at contemporary issues faced by parent and teachers.