An investigation of the knowledge competency of prospective mathematics teachers in the perspective of relationship between their subject matter knowledge and non-cognitive factors

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between subject matter knowledge (SMK) for mathematics teaching and self-reported non-cognitive factors among 201 prospective mathematics teachers (PMTs) in Hong Kong. Participants completed a survey adopted from Fennema and Sherman [19] were assessed their confidence in learning mathematics (CLM), attitude towards success in mathematics (ASM), mathematics anxiety (MA), effectance motivation in learning mathematics (EMM), while 73 of them were assessed in a written test on their knowledge. The regression analysis suggests that CLM is the main predictor of the performance in SMK compared to MA and EMM. Findings also show that there were statistically significant effects of both gender and program of studies on their performance on MA, EMM and CLM. The results suggest a further investigation of the relationship between beliefs and SMK among PMTs in other contexts. Implications for the current teacher education system in Hong Kong are also discussed. Copyright © 2015 Pushpa Publishing House.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-94
JournalFar East Journal of Mathematical Education
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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mathematics
teacher
learning
confidence
anxiety
Hong Kong
program of study
education system
performance
regression analysis
gender
Teaching

Citation

Leung, I. K. C., & Ding, L. (2015). An investigation of the knowledge competency of prospective mathematics teachers in the perspective of relationship between their subject matter knowledge and non-cognitive factors. Far East Journal of Mathematical Education, 15(1), 63-94.

Keywords

  • Confidence in learning mathematics
  • Mathematics anxiety
  • Effectance motivation
  • Mathematics subject matter knowledge
  • Prospective mathematics teachers