Blog Challenge: How can counter-conditioning be used to reduce test anxiety?
Sandra Rogers: I’d like to set up simulated math tests in a computer lab to lessen math anxiety. For example, we could use low-stakes, color-coded, leveled tests akin to SRA Reading Kit for pen and paper tests. (Some of you are too young to have used these leveled readers with self-testing but something about it was extrinsically motivating). Perhaps Pearson’s MyMathLab computer testing software that adjusts to the individual’s abilities and challenges them at the i+1 level. The lab could allow eating and drinking during the testing situations…maybe even a smoking test room for students who believe this could benefit their outcomes! The lab décor could be more inviting with art on the wall. The test-taking situation would have options beyond the normal desk & chair formality: the ability to stand while testing, or comfortable sofas for lounging, and space to allow for movement (perhaps some exercise bikes formatted with computer screens)! Of course, we wouldn’t want too much as to be distracting. This lab would allow for math test practice in a positive climate with threshold activities in an environment incompatible to a stressful situation. I’d like an university to set up a research study with this idea in mind to see if it’d be beneficial to students with test-anxiety.
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