ERIC Number: EJ1075079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Assessing Attitudes toward Mathematics across Teacher Education Contexts
Jong, Cindy; Hodges, Thomas E.
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v18 n5 p407-425 Oct 2015
This article reports on the development of attitudes toward mathematics among pre-service elementary teachers (n = 146) in relation to their experiences as K-12 learners of mathematics and experiences within a teacher education program. Using a combination of the Rasch Rating Scale Model and traditional parametric analyses, results indicate that significant changes in attitudes occurred over the duration of mathematics methods coursework and student teaching. Further, these changes can be explained, in part, by various teacher education experiences. In particular, having a student teaching experience with meaningful mathematics instruction played a significant role for those who entered with negative attitudes toward mathematics.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education Programs, Item Response Theory, Rating Scales, Statistical Analysis, Attitude Change, Student Teaching, Teaching Experience, Mathematics Instruction, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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