ERIC Number: ED474445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-7
The Effects of Mathematics Methods Courses on PreService Teachers' Attitudes toward Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching.
Robinson, Stephanie O.; Adkins, Gerri L.
Preservice teachers' attitudes toward mathematics not only affect their learning to teach mathematics, but they can also affect their students' performance in mathematics. This pilot project examines the effects of mathematics methods courses on preservice teachers' attitudes toward mathematics. Pre-service teachers seeking elementary licensure take methods courses in mathematics at the K-8 levels. Students were surveyed at the beginning and end of 4 hours of coursework to determine attitudes about mathematics and mathematics teaching. Among other questions, they were asked to rate their attitudes on a scale of 1 to 10, and to describe how their attitudes toward mathematics were formed. Follow-up also included assessing strategies that students used as they taught mathematics during student teaching and their first year of teaching. Data from field experiences revealed that students used strategies related to constructivist teaching. Results indicate that students do change attitudes in the short term; however, long-term changes still need to be examined. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Chattanooga, TN, November 6-8, 2002).