Fifth grade students’ mathematics-related beliefs

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2015
Kıbrıslıoğlu, Nermin
The purpose of this study was to investigate 5th grade students’ mathematics related beliefs and to examine possible gender differences on students’ mathematics-related beliefs in Turkey. For this purpose, Mathematics-Related Belief Scale which specifically addressed 5th grade students’ beliefs was developed in the first phase. After ensuring the validity and reliablity of the scale, it was implemented in 14 randomly selected schools located in Sivas city center. A total of 750 students participated in the study. The results of the study indicated that Mathematics-Related Belief Scale was a valid and reliable scale consisting three subscales which were beliefs about mathematics and learning mathematics, self-efficacy and views about teacher role. The results of the study indicated that 5th grade students had availing beliefs about self and beliefs about mathematics and mathematics learning. On the other hand, students had the view that their teachers had rather authoritarian roles. In the course of gender, the study revealed that the gender difference in views of teacher role and self-efficacy beliefs were not significant, while girls significantly get higher scores on mathematics and learning mathematics beliefs subscale. In general, the results implied that 5th grade students had availing beliefs for learning mathematics and they have not developed gender related biases yet.

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N. Kıbrıslıoğlu, “Fifth grade students’ mathematics-related beliefs,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.