An English version of the mathematics teaching anxiety scale

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Hunt, Thomas E. and SARI, Mehmet Hayri 2019. An English version of the mathematics teaching anxiety scale. International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education. https://doi.org/10.21449/ijate.615640
AuthorsHunt, Thomas E. and SARI, Mehmet Hayri
Abstract

This study represents the implementation of an English version of the Mathematics Teaching Anxiety Scale (MTAS), originally published in Turkey (Sari, 2014). One hundred and twenty-seven primary school teachers from across the U.K. completed the survey, including 74 qualified teachers and 53 trainees. Following item-reduction and factor analysis, the 19-item MTAS was found to have excellent internal consistency (α = .94) and has a two-factor structure. Factor one, labelled Self-Directed Mathematics Teaching Anxiety, includes 12 items pertaining to a teacher's own teaching practice and perceived ability, whereas factor two, labelled Pupil/Student-Directed Mathematics Teaching Anxiety, includes 7 items pertaining to anxiety concerning pupils/students failing assessments or not reaching curriculum/school targets. Pre-service teachers, compared to in-service teachers, self-reported significantly higher overall maths teaching anxiety. Among in-service teachers, there was a significant negative correlation between length of service and maths teaching anxiety. These findings are important in the context of retention issues in newly qualified teachers and the need to support trainees and newer teachers if they experience anxiety related to teaching maths.

KeywordsMathematics, Teaching, Anxiety, Scale, MTAS
Year2019
JournalInternational Journal of Assessment Tools in Education
PublisherIJATE
ISSN21487456
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.21449/ijate.615640
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624207
hdl:10545/624207
Publication dates15 Oct 2019
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Deposited09 Oct 2019, 09:00
Accepted21 Aug 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Veli University
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