Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematics Teacher Efficacy in Elementary Pre-service Teachers

Sep. 15, 2008

Source: Teaching Education, Volume 19, Issue 3 September 2008 , pages 171 - 184

This study investigated the relationship between mathematics anxiety and mathematics teacher efficacy among 156 elementary pre-service teachers from a university in the southeastern United States. Data sources included the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (MARS), Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument, and pre-service teacher interviews. Findings revealed a significant, negative relationship between mathematics anxiety and mathematics teachers' efficacy (r = -.475, p<.05). Specifically, the pre-service teachers with the lowest degree of mathematics anxiety had the highest levels of mathematics teacher efficacy. Interviews with pre-service teachers indicated that their mathematics anxiety is associated with efficaciousness toward mathematics teaching practices and is the basis for their mathematics teaching efficacy beliefs.

Updated: Nov. 24, 2008


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