Construction of a mathematics related belief scale for elementary preservice mathematics teachers

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Education, Mathematics and Science Education, Turkey

Approval Date: 2011



Supervisor: ÇİĞDEM HASER


The purpose of this study is to construct a valid and reliable mathematics related beliefs scale for determining preservice elementary mathematics teachers’ mathematics related beliefs in Turkey and investigating the impact of the gender and year level on the preservice mathematics teachers’ mathematics related beliefs. For the first purpose, the “Mathematics Related Belief Scale (MRBS)” was developed based on the combination of the belief frameworks in the literature. Data were collected from ten different universities from Ankara, Balıkesir, Burdur, Bolu, Gaziantep, İzmir, Van, and Samsun in the spring semester of 2009-2010 academic year. A total of 584 third and fourth year preservice mathematics teachers participated in this study. Data were analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that MRBS was a valid and reliable scale which measured Turkish preservice teachers’ mathematics related beliefs. MRBS had two components “constructivist beliefs” and “traditional beliefs” of mathematics and teaching mathematics. There was a significant effect of gender on preservice teachers’ mathematics related beliefs. No significant difference in preservice teachers’ mathematics related beliefs was detected in terms of year level in the teacher education program. The MRBS could be used for investigating preservice teachers’ mathematics related beliefs in order to determine effective teacher education program experiences.