ERIC Number: ED199222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
An Investigation of Selected Variables and Their Effect upon the Attitude Toward the Teaching of Elementary School Mathematics by Prospective Elementary School Teachers.
Johnson, Gayle S.
Several surveys of students enrolled in elementary school mathematics methods courses provided the background for a pilot study of attitudes on teaching elementary mathematics. In a discussion of the literature on the subject, the importance of teachers' attitudes and their influence on children's attitudes is stressed. Two exploratory studies of attitudes towards a mathematics methods course led to the development of an Attitude Toward Teaching Mathematics Scale. This scale, which is appended to the study, tested variables that were found to be important in the previous tests, such as instructors, field experiences, mathematics achievement, and the impact of the fear of mathematics. The scale will be used as a dependent variable in a study to be conducted in 1981. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, 1981).