Mathematics anxiety and the primary school teacher: An exploratory study of the relationship between mathematics anxiety, mathematics teacher efficacy, and mathematics avoidance
Jaggernauth, Sharon Jacqueline
This study sought to clarify the relationship between mathematics anxiety, mathematics teacher efficacy, and mathematics avoidance among primary school teachers in Trinidad and Tobago. Data were collected through a self-reporting questionnaire administered to 68 primary school teachers. Findings revealed that: 1) while mathematics anxiety and mathematics avoidance were not evident among the teachers in the sample, female teachers reported higher levels of mathematics anxiety and mathematics avoidance than males; 2) teachers reported that they believed that they taught mathematics effectively and that they were comfortable teaching mathematics; and 3) there was no significant relationship between three constructs - mathematics anxiety, mathematics teacher efficacy, and mathematics avoidance - and teacher variables of highest level of educational achievement, type of school, the number of years teaching, and current programme in which they were enrolled.
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