STUDY OF THE ATTITUDES PRESCHOOL TEACHER CANDIDATES FOR THE MATHEMATICS TEACHING SUBJECT AND THEIR SELF-EFFICACY BELIEFS WITH RESPECT TO VARIOUS VARIABLE

Abstract

Author(s): H. Elif DA?LIO?LU

This study aims to determine the extent of attitudes of the preschool teacher candidates towards the mathematics teaching subject being explained by their self efficacy beliefs in mathematics teaching, wilful selection of the field, their views on mathematics teaching and on the use of practices in mathematics teaching subject. The study was planned according to relational screening model and the study group consisted of the 95 teacher candidates attending to the preschool teaching degree program of one of the state universities in Ankara. Personal Information Form, Attitude Scale towards the Mathematics Teaching Subject and Self Efficacy Belief Scale of the Teacher Candidates towards Mathematics Teaching were used as the data collection instruments. The study found that the attitudes of the preschool teacher candidates towards the mathematics subject and self efficacy beliefs were very high; that their attitudes towards the mathematics teaching subject varied depending on the wilful selection of the field and finding this subject to be useful and there were positive relations between their attitudes towards the mathematics teaching subject and their self efficacy levels.

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