Synthesising the literature concerning math anxiety to inform a project on pre-service teacher retention rates

Flegg, Nicholas and Mohamed, Kamariah and Trimmer, Karen (2013) Synthesising the literature concerning math anxiety to inform a project on pre-service teacher retention rates. In: 3rd Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference(ASQ 2013), 3-4 June 2013, Grand Rapids, MI. United States.

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This article reviews literature regarding numeracy and mathematics anxiety and considers the role of teacher efficacy as a predictor of teachers' competence and commitment to teaching. This examination of previous studies leads to discussion of a proposed project that is predicted to confirm the expected correlations between high Anxiety/poor Numeracy levels and lowered retention rates of University pre-service Education students. The study will inform pedagogy in addressing problems in pre-service teachers, especially for groups at high risk such as low SES and Indigenous students - these students often miss out on targeted help. The findings should lead to better long-term outcomes for pre-service teachers and their future students. It has high significance as many current University pre-service Education students exhibit mathematics problems. The method would involve both general surveys of current students in Numeracy courses and follow up interviews. An intervention strategy would be developed and offered to at-risk students.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © American Society for Quality. Open Access Journal.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2013 02:36
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM; teacher quality; retention; stress; mathematics teaching
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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