Self-Efficacy and Mathematics: Yesterday's Students and Tomorrow's Teachers

Year: 1995

Author: Moriarty, Beverley

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The long-term purpose of the Mathematics for Initial Teacher Education Students (MITES) project, is to develop strategies to improve the levels of self-efficacy and mathematics achievement among teacher education students so that they have a positive influence on the mathematics education of school students when they enter the teaching profession. The purpose of the first stage of this research is to identify the incoming levels of self-efficacy and achievement in mathematics of first year education students at a Queensland university and to evaluate a programme being developed using co-operative learning methods intended to improve performances on the dependent variables.

This paper reports the background and design of the study in progress, the development of the instrument used to test levels of self-efficacy and the initial results.