New Creative Inquiry: Qualitative Education Research in Math Anxiety

July 24, 2020

Creative Inquiry Opportunity 

Engineering and Science Education (ESED)

Sophomores – ESED 2990 – CRN  91305

Juniors – ESED 3990 – CRN 91306

Seniors – ESED 4990 – CRN 91307

Thursdays 5:15-6:45pm


This Qualitative Education Research in Math Anxiety Creative Inquiry course is a one-credit class in which students work together on a project investigating the relationships between math anxiety, working memory, and experiences. Students in the course will learn how to perform qualitative research and gain insight into the nature of math anxiety and what teachers can do about it. Qualitative research is used to gain insight into human behavior and social interactions through qualitative data such as interviews and observations. The CI will involve reading and discussing journal articles relating to the various frameworks surrounding Math Anxiety which will help us to better understand the many ways math anxiety is produced. Students will then work together to analyze interview data following a qualitative research process. Students from all majors are invited to participate in this course. The focus of the project is on math anxiety and qualitative research methods which may be of particular interest to secondary mathematics education, STEM, and social science majors.

  • Reading research articles relating to math anxiety
  • Transcribing short sections of interviews and cleaning professional transcription documents
  • Collaborating with others in the coding of the interview data
  • Analyzing and interpreting the coded data

What students will get out of the course:

  • Better understanding of Math Anxiety, what it is, the frameworks surrounding it, and strategies for eliminating it
  • Hands-on experience with qualitative research


Anyone interested in joining the CI should contact Luke Duncan and provide a resume. He can be reached at