ERIC Number: ED464088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Construct Validation and a More Parsimonious Mathematics Beliefs Scales.
Capraro, Mary Margaret
Teacher beliefs are instrumental in defining teacher pedagogical and content tasks and for processing information relevant to those tasks. In this study, a Likert-type instrument, Mathematics Beliefs Scales (E. Fennema, T. Carpenter, and M. Loef, 1990), was used to measure the mathematical beliefs of teachers. This instrument was designed with four subscales. After the Beliefs Scale was administered to 123 inservice teachers and 54 preservice teachers, a factor analysis was performed to re-examine patterns in the data set to determine what the instrument actually measured. These analyses resulted in a determination of 3 factors and the reduction of the original 48 items to a more user-friendly, modified, 18-item revised scale. Appendixes contain the original scale and the revised version. (Contains 2 tables and 21 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (30th, Little Rock, AR, November 14-16, 2001).