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ERIC Number: EJ816949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Impact of Online Discussion on Elementary Teacher Candidates' Anxiety towards Teaching Mathematics
Liu, Fuchang
Education, v128 n4 p614-629 Sum 2008
This study investigated the impact of online discussion of anxiety towards teaching mathematics (ATTM) on elementary teacher candidates' ATTM. Participants (N = 39) in elementary mathematics methods classes completed Anxiety Towards Teaching Mathematics Questionnaire immediately before and after 8 weeks of online discussion of ATTM. It was found that online discussion of ATTM significantly reduced participants' self reported anxiety caused by the conception that mathematics is more difficult, anxiety towards other people's perception of one's teaching of mathematics, and anxiety towards teaching in general. The reduction of anxiety towards other people's perception was more prominent in participants without experience than those with experience. It is suggested that elements aimed at reducing ATTM be built into methods courses for elementary teacher candidates. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A