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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 717–718. Reviews the book, Overcoming Math Anxiety by Sheila Tobias (1978). The book gives a convincing discussion of the importance of mathematics in everyday life and in many jobs generally not associated with math. The first two chapters discuss the nature of math anxiety and the generality and seriousness of its consequences. The third and fourth chapters discuss the importance of sex and biological and cultural differences in developing mathematical ability and attitudes toward mathematics. The fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters illustrate methods of attacking and understanding various mathematical problems. The final chapter discusses counseling and teaching programs that have been used successfully in overcoming math anxiety. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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