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ERIC Number: EJ1158255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1925-0746
Student Teachers' Beliefs, Feelings and Attitudes toward Mathematics Learning and Teaching at the University of Trinidad and Tobago
Ransome, Myrna; Mohamed, Musa El Sharief; Bridgemohan, Puran
World Journal of Education, v6 n4 p38-52 2016
The colonial fallacy that only a few persons are endowed with the capabilities to conceptualize mathematics, coupled with the belief that society equates mathematical ability with intellectual superiority, have contributed to low levels of mathematical self-concept and achievement among some students of mathematics. Some of these students are required to teach the subject as primary and secondary school teachers. This paper examines the influence of student teachers' beliefs, feelings and attitudes towards mathematics on their learning and teaching of mathematics. The sample (N = 165) comprises third and fourth year, male and female, full and part time students, who were enrolled in the 4 year Bachelor of Education Programme at the Centre of Education Programmes, University of Trinidad and Tobago. Data collection employed the use of the Fennema-Sherman 1976 Mathematics Attitudes Scale which was adapted to formulate a 13 item survey instrument--Mathematics Attitude Survey (MAS). Regression analyses using MANITAB statistical package indicate that beliefs, feelings and attitudes towards mathematics are determined by students' feelings, expectations and perceived usefulness of mathematics. Gender did not emerge as a factor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fennema Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales
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