Researchers: It's OK for students to be frustrated by math

09/17/2009 | Edutopia magazine

A study conducted by Rutgers University discovered that allowing students to grapple with difficult math problems had the potential to improve their achievement. Researchers -- working with minority and low-income students in Newark, N.J., for seven years -- found that a "healthy amount of frustration" in a supportive environment fostered student interest. Students "report feeling frustrated, but also satisfaction, pride and a willingness to work harder next time," a researcher said.

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