Addressing Preservice Student Teachers' Negative Beliefs And Anxieties About Mathematics
Uusimaki, Sirkka-Liisa Marjatta (2004) Addressing Preservice Student Teachers' Negative Beliefs And Anxieties About Mathematics. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
More than half of Australian primary teachers have negative feelings about mathematics (Carroll, 1998). This research study investigates whether it is possible to change negative beliefs and anxieties about mathematics in preservice student teachers so that they can perceive mathematics as a subject that is creative and where discourse is possible (Ernest, 1991). In this study, sixteen maths-anxious preservice primary education student teachers were engaged in computer-mediated collaborative open-ended mathematical activities and discourse. Prior to, and after their mathematical activity, the students participated in a short thirty-second Online Anxiety Survey based on ideas by Ainley and Hidi (2002) and Boekaerts (2002), to ascertain changes to their beliefs about the various mathematical activities. The analysis of this data facilitated the identification of key episodes that led to the changes in beliefs. The findings from this study provide teacher educators with a better understanding of what changes need to occur in pre-service mathematics education programs, so as to improve perceptions about mathematics in maths-anxious pre-service education students and subsequently primary mathematics teachers.
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)|
|Supervisor:||Nason, Rodney& Kidman, Gillian|
|Keywords:||Mathematics, Primary Education, Student Teachers|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Curriculum|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Department:||Faculty of Education|
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright Sirkka-Liisa Marjatta Uusimaki|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2008 13:53|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2013 18:08|
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