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Title: Factors associated with mathematics anxiety and its impact on primary teacher trainees in Malaysia.
Author: Puteh, Marzita.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3503 1040
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 1998
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This study investigates the extent and nature of mathematics anxiety in primary school teacher trainees in Malaysia, and identifies the factors that are associated with it. This is qualitative research and hence the approach is to understand the current phenomenon and to obtain a rich and in-depth insight into significant issues. Three methods for obtaining data are used: questionnaires, interviews and observations of subjects doing mathematics. Evidence for the nature and source of mathematics anxiety was derived from what the teacher trainees said about (a) their perceptions of mathematics; (b) themselves with regard to mathematics (self-image); (c) their feelings towards mathematics; and (d) their behaviour when doing mathematics. Hands-on mathematics was given to the teacher trainees in order to observe how mathematics anxiety affects them in an actual scenario of doing mathematics. Interviews were carried out immediately after the hands-on observations in order to give the teacher trainees opportunities to explain their actions. Teachers-students relationship, teachers' style of teaching, examination pressure, parental and peer group influences were identified as the main factors contributing to the trainees' mathematics anxiety. The cultural setting for these factors emerged from the research as being of particular significance.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Teacher training