ERIC Number: ED200557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Effects of a Mathematics Methods Course on Prospective Elementary School Teachers' Math Attitudes, Math Anxiety and Teaching Performance.
Teague, P. Terrett; Austin-Martin, George G.
This study focused on anxiety, both math and situational, and its relationship to teaching performance. Preservice elementary teachers were given a methods course on teaching mathematics and, after five weeks, were assigned a group of children to instruct twice a week. A positive correlation was found between performance in teaching math and attitudes toward mathematics. No significant correlation was found between general math anxiety and teaching performance. It is suggested that the primary level of mathematics generates little anxiety for most preservice teachers. The findings did not strongly support a relationship between attitudes about math and the experiencing of a math methods course, but did support the lowering of mathematics and situational anxiety levels as a result of experiencing such a course. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, February, 1981).