Modeling of Mathematical Beliefs of Secondary Mathematics Teachers towards their Teaching Practices: A Structural Equation Approach

By Rohani Ahmad Tarmizi, Wan Zah Wan Ali, Mat Rofa Ismail, Habsah Ismail, Ramlah Hamzah, Mohd Majid Konting and Sharifah Kartini Said Husain.

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An attitude or a belief can be strong, intense or weak and loose, depending on the provoking situation and the degree of personal involvement and interest. In particular, change in the beliefs of mathematics teachers could occur as a consequences of pedagogical conflict resolution and is influenced by the content and structure of his/her beliefs about mathematics per se (Chapman, 2002). This article describes a study of mathematical values among Malaysian mathematics secondary school teachers by investigating teachers’ attitudes towards their instructional practices based on four schools the philosophy of mathematics which are logicism, formalism, intuitionism and kuhnism. This instrument which was developed by the researchers was distributed to mathematics teachers teaching in secondary school in Malaysia and analysed quantitavely. The study indicated that majority of teachers beliefs towards mathematics as kuhnism with instructional practices based on formalism has the highest correlations (r = 0.38). These findings imply that majority of mathematics teachers in secondary school emphasized more on symbols and formulas in their teaching. Therefore, more attention should be given towards shifting the thinking of mathematics teachers from mathematics as a value free subject to that of value laden subject.

Keywords: Teachers’ Attitudes, Teaching Practices, Mathematical Beliefs, Mathematics Education

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 868.583KB).

Dr. Rohani Ahmad Tarmizi

Head Laboratory, Institute for Mathematical Research, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Wan Zah Wan Ali

Associate Professor, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mat Rofa Ismail

Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Habsah Ismail

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Ramlah Hamzah

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia

Mohd Majid Konting

Associate Professor, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mohd. Majid Konting is a master trainer of soft skill initiatives, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia since 1982. He obtained his PhD in Education from the University of Lancaster, England (1995). He has in-depth interest in the area of educational policy, research, measurement, evaluation and planning as well as teacher education and development. He has headed and is involved in more than 50 research and consultancy projects sponsored by various national and international agencies. He was the principal researcher of the Evaluation of Smart School Management System Project sponsored by the Ministry of Education Malaysia in 2003. Among higher education text books authored by him is Methods in Educational Research (DBP, 1990) which has been reprinted 7 times. He has been frequently invited by various public and private agencies to evaluate their programs and give lecture on various issues in education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Research (INSPEM); Management Council Member, Malaysian Education Association (MAE); Committee Member, Malaysian Educational Research Association (MERA); and Chairman of Education Sector, Malaysian National Forum. He has been the Deputy Dean (Academic and International); Head, Department of Foundation of Education; Director, Centre for Policy Research; Chairman, Dengkil-Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) Steering Committee Project; and Committee Member of Management Science and Operation Research Society of Malaysia (MSORAM). Currently, Mohd. Majid is the Deputy Director (Policy and Quality), Centre for Academic Development (CADe), Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Sharifah Kartini Said Husain

Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


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