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Co-Integrate Mathematics Seminar, March 20th

Monica Karunakaran PhotoYou are cordially invited to attend the Co-Integrate Math Seminar Series talk on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Monica Karunakaran will be presenting A Strategy for Addressing Elementary Pre–Service Teachers’ Mathematics Anxiety, from 12:00-1:00 pm in 133F Erickson Hall.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
133F Erickson Hall
Michigan State University

Water and Coffee will be served. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.


Mathematics anxiety among elementary preservice teachers is a well–documented phenomenon that greatly affects their ability to engage in teacher preparation courses (e.g., Dutton, 1951; Gresham, 2007; Sloan, 2010). One way for instructors to engage with PSTs is to interact with them informally (Lamport, 1993). Informal conversations present an opportunity to increase students’ confidence and address their anxiety regarding mathematics content. A potential venue for informal conversations is office hours; however, college students often do not take advantage of office hours that are offered. This talk will describe preliminary results of a policy designed to increase instances of informal interactions between students and their instructors during office hours, by solely providing homework solutions to students during office hours. Initial evidence from surveys and course evaluations suggests that students who come into office hours engage with the instructor on topics they did not intend to discuss before coming to office hours, and suggests that these conversations have the potential to help reduce mathematics anxiety.


A faculty member in mathematics education, Monica Karunakaran is interested in improving mathematics teacher education. She works with elementary preservice teachers when they take mathematics content courses prior to entering the teacher preparation program. Her research focuses on better understanding how mathematics anxiety affects elementary preservice teachers. This includes identifying and studying instructional methods that have the potential to decrease their mathematics anxiety.

Co-Integrate is a speaker series, jointly sponsored by the CREATE for STEM Institute and the Program in Mathematics Education, designed to support internal networking among colleagues in the College of Natural Science, College of Education, and K-12 school partners interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics in K­-16 settings. This monthly series features talks by MSU faculty and graduate students who are working on projects to improve math teaching and learning at MSU and in Michigan more broadly.

The Co-Integrate Seminar Series welcomes local K-12 teachers and administrators to all of its events. Reimbursement for on-campus parking will be provided for K-12 school staff attendees - be sure to ask for an envelope before you leave the event!