Pre-service Mathematics Teachers’ Anxieties toward Teaching Mathematics in Real Classroom Settings

By Fatma Kayan Fadlelmula.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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The purpose of this study was to examine anxiety levels of pre-service mathematics teachers toward teaching mathematics in real classroom setting, regarding both gender and grade levels. Participants consisted of 120 pre-service elementary mathematics teachers; sophomores, juniors, and seniors, studying in a middle sized public university located in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Data were collected during the spring semester of 2011–2012 academic years. Participants completed a questionnaire composed of 31 items, responding on a seven-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (not at all true of me) to 7 (very true of me). Quantitative techniques were used for data analysis. The results indicated that male and female pre-service teachers did not significantly differed from each other based on their teaching anxiety levels. However, there was a significant difference in anxiety levels when the participants’ grade levels were concerned. Specifically, senior per-service teachers’ anxiety level was significantly lower than both sophomore and junior pre-service teachers’ anxiety levels. Nevertheless, there was no statistical difference between sophomore and junior pre-service teachers’ anxiety levels. Several possible reasons were discussed regarding the outcomes.

Keywords: Teaching Anxiety, Pre-service Teachers, Gender, Grade Level, Mathematics Education, Teacher Preparation Programs

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.37-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 327.511KB).

Fatma Kayan Fadlelmula

Assistant Professor, Elementary Mathematics Education, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Ankara, Turkey

Fatma is an assistant professor in the Elementary Mathematics Education Department, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Turkey. She is responsible for giving the following courses; methods of teaching mathematics, mathematics and life, and practice teaching in elementary education. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at Research Coordination Office in Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She contributed to Scientific Human Resource Development Program, which aimed to supply the need of qualified faculty members in Turkish universities. She also worked as a multimedia content designer, preparing educational contents of e-learning products for both national and international projects. Until now, she is involved in studies relating to teaching anxieties, elementary mathematics education, mathematical problem solving, self-regulation and achievement goal orientations.