Mathematics Anxiety and Beliefs of Turkish Pre-service Elementary Teachers
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Bilecik Seyh Edebali University, TURKEY
Gazi University, TURKEY
Publication date: 2016-12-17
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(8):2171-2186
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between pre-service elementary teachers’ mathematics teaching beliefs and mathematics anxiety. The participants of the study consist of 96 pre-service elementary teachers from a department of primary education in a state university in Turkey during the 2010-2011 spring term. Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale: Short Version and Beliefs about Teaching Mathematics Scale were used as the measuring instruments. The results reveal that pre-service elementary teachers’ scores on beliefs about teaching mathematics were high whereas mathematics anxiety levels were low in general. The correlations between the sub-scales of the MARS-SV and child-centeredness beliefs are not significant at the 0.05 level. As a result, some recommendations concerning the situation and future research were made.
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