Mathematics Education Research Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 56–69 | Cite as

Attitudes to teaching mathematics: Further development of a measurement instrument

  • Joe Relich
  • Jenni Way
  • Andrew Martin


The evidence that a relationship exists between attitudes to teaching mathematics and the formation of positive attitudes to mathematics among pupils is somewhat tenuous. Nevertheless, there is a strong belief among pre-service teacher educators that positive attitudes need to be fostered in teacher education students, particularly for prospective primary school teachers. Unfortunately, the research evidence suggests that high proportions of pre-service teachers hold negative attitudes towards mathematics. Although many instruments measuring affect in areas such as self-concept, anxiety, etc. have appeared in the literature over the years, no comprehensive instrument on attitudes is available to help teacher educators monitor attitudinal changes among their pre-service student teachers to the teaching of mathematics. This research re-examines an earlier attempt to develop such an instrument in Australia (Nisbet, 1991) and posits an alternative and refined version.


Mathematics Teaching Mathematics Teacher Preservice Elementary Teacher Mathematics Anxiety Teacher Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe Relich
    • 1
  • Jenni Way
    • 1
  • Andrew Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Western SydneyNepean

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