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The effect of training in self -regulated learning on math anxiety and achievement among preservice elementary teachers in a freshman course in mathematics concepts
by Kimber, Charles T., Ed.D., Temple University, 2009, 169; 3359748
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of training in self-regulated learning strategies on math anxiety and mathematics achievement among preservice teachers. The self-regulated learning strategies examined included personal time management, how to read your mathematics textbook for understanding, organizational skills, mathematics test taking and preparation, and the use of estimation in solving mathematics problems. Preservice elementary teachers with these improved learning skills may in turn become more successful teachers of mathematics. The effect of training in self-regulated learning as a treatment for math anxiety is not well established. However, self-regulated learning has been associated with improved mathematics and science problem solving (De Corte, Verschaffel, & Op't Eynde, 2000; Taylor & Corrigan, 2005; Zan, 2000). Increased use of self-regulated learning strategies has also been associated with a reduction in test anxiety (Hofer & Yu, 2003; Pintrich, 2000; Zeidner, 1998). Therefore, training in self-regulated learning strategies has the potential to reduce math anxiety among preservice elementary teachers. Elementary education majors in a course in mathematics concepts were given training in self-regulated learning strategies. A control group of similar students received the same classroom instruction by the same college professor. The professor did not participate in the training sessions that were led by this researcher. Both treatment and control groups were given pretests and posttests: the Abbreviated Mathematics Anxiety Scale - to measure math anxiety, the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire - to measure use of self-regulated learning strategies, and a Mathematics Achievement Test - to measure changes in content knowledge. The analyses used t-tests and correlations to compare the participants' pretest and posttest scores on the three scales. The use of self-regulated learning strategies was not shown to reduce math anxiety or improve achievement among the elementary education majors in this study. This result may have been due to various limitations, such as insufficient time for applying and following up on the training and an inability to fully embed the training into the course content. Future research should investigate if, given the proper conditions, self-regulated learning strategies will reduce math anxiety and improve the learning of mathematics concepts, leading to more effective mathematics teaching in the elementary classrooms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leonard, Jacqueline
Commitee: Cromley, Jennifer, Ketelhut, Diane, Ryan, Steve, Schmuckler, Joseph
School: Temple University
Department: CITE/Mathematics and Science Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics education, Educational psychology, Teacher education
Keywords: Achievement, Math anxiety, Mathematics achievement, Mathematics anxiety, Preservice teachers, Self-regulated learning
Publication Number: 3359748
ISBN: 978-1-109-22017-9
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