Factors Affecting Preservice Mathematics Teachers' Decisions on Probability Teaching

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2004
Özaytabak, Emel
The purpose of this study was to examine the factors affecting preservice mathematics teachers̕ decisions on probability teaching. The sample of the study was 248 preservice mathematics teachers from Gazi University, Hacettepe University, and Middle East Technical University. According to the gender the number of females and males were 170 and 78 respectively. To obtain necessary data for the study, the following measuring instruments were used: (1) Probability Achievement Test (PAT); (2) Probability Misconception Test (PMT); (3) Attitude toward Probability Teaching Scale (APTS); (4) Attitude toward Probability Scale (APS). Only the third measuring instrument was developed and its reliability and validity was tested by the researcher. An interview was done with 12 preservice mathematics teachers from Gazi University, Hacettepe University, and Middle East Technical University. The data of the study were analyzed by using SPSS and with qualitative techniques. The results of the study demonstrated that there are some factors affecting preservice mathematics teachers̕ decisions on probability teaching. These factors were their attitude toward probability, probability achievement and misconceptions. Subjects thought that gender would have no affect on their decision on probability teaching.

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E. Özaytabak, “Factors Affecting Preservice Mathematics Teachers’ Decisions on Probability Teaching,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.