Special educators are uniquely challenged to be content experts in all curricular areas, including mathematics, since students in their case loads may require academic instruction in any area. However, special educators with math phobia may be limited in their ability to provide effective instruction to their students with mathematical deficits and/or needs, and may experience additional challenges in their professional and personal lives. This qualitative study sought to better understand the nature of math phobia in two special educators through extensive interviews, journaling, and observations in math experiences, with a number of primary themes identified. Several potential resolutions for the issues emerging from math phobia in special educators are identified and discussed.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, published by Taylor & Francis. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1080/00098650903267743
Humphrey, Michael and Hourcade, Jack J.. (2009). "Special Educators and Mathematics Phobia: An Initial Qualitative Investigation". The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 83(1), 26-30.