Dealing with Maths Anxiety: How Do You Teach Mathematics in a Geography Department?

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Mathematics is often taught covertly as a 'service' subject in geography departments, but can often be a cause of fear for students who may not have studied the subject post-GCSE. Negative attitudes are common and many students show signs of maths anxiety. This paper details how students' attitudes were changed by a new foundation mathematics course which taught numeracy in an applied context. By starting at an appropriate baseline level and working in a small-group teaching environment, overall feedback scores from module evaluation forms increased from 1.5/5.0 to 4.4/5.0 (where 1 is poor and 5 is good) over a period of two years.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • small-group teaching, course design, learning environment, Maths anxiety