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ERIC Number: ED521017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Two Decades of Mathematics Education Reform in New Zealand: What Impact on the Attitudes of Teacher Education Students?
Young-Loveridge, Jenny
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (33rd, Freemantle, Western Australia, Jul 3-7, 2010)
This paper explores the impact of almost two decades of mathematics education reform in New Zealand on the attitudes of pre-service teacher education students training to be primary teachers. More students were positive towards mathematics and fewer were negative compared to Biddulph (1999). In the present study, more students were positive about the prospect about teaching mathematics than about mathematics. Only 47% of the students were positive about both mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. However, students' reasons for their ratings revealed that a negative attitude towards mathematics sometimes resulted in enthusiasm about helping children to have better experiences than they themselves had had at school. Some students with positive attitudes towards mathematics worried about the responsibility of providing high quality teaching experiences in mathematics for children. The study showed that this issue is complex and attitudes towards teaching mathematics may be different from attitudes towards mathematics. (Contains 2 tables.) [For the complete proceedings, "Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (33rd, Freemantle, Western Australia, Australia, July 3-7, 2010)," see ED520764.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand