Exploring Beliefs of Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers: A Malaysian Perspective

  •  Mazlini Adnan    
  •  Effandi Zakaria    


The purpose of this study was to determine the beliefs of pre-service mathematics teachers. This study involved 83 respondents from the pre-service teachers from a public higher education institution (IPTA) in Malaysia. The instruments used in this study consist 42 items of mathematics beliefs. There are three dimensions in these instruments, namely beliefs about mathematics as nature, beliefs about learning mathematics and beliefs about the teaching of mathematics. The findings showed that pre-service teacher’s beliefs mathematics can be used in everyday life. For the beliefs about learning mathematics, the respondents agreed that students should be able to give reasons to support each solve mathematical problems. Finally, about the beliefs on mathematics teaching, the respondents agreed that the teaching of mathematics to students should be encouraged by explaining the mathematical ideas.

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