An analysis of teacher effects on fourth-grade students' attitudes toward mathematics based on TIMSS 2011 results

TIMSS 2011 결과에 나타난 초등학교 4학년 학생들의 수학에 대한 정의적 태도와 교사 변인과의 관계 분석

  • Received : 2015.04.30
  • Accepted : 2015.05.24
  • Published : 2015.05.31


The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of teacher on fourth-grade students' attitudes toward mathematics using data from TIMSS 2011. Students' attitudes toward mathematics included interest in learning mathematics, interest in mathematics lessons, and confidence in their mathematics ability. Teacher factors included mathematics professional development, confidence in teaching mathematics, teacher-centered mathematics instruction, and enhancing student mathematical thinking. The two level Hierarchical Linear Model was employed to analyze the relationship between teacher factors and student attitudes. Results showed that teacher-centered mathematics instruction significantly and positively predicted students' confidence about their mathematics ability. The findings suggest that school systems and mathematics educators need to provide teachers with the curriculum, assessment, and research-based practices and knowledge to overcome the obstacles to change their mathematics classroom.



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