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Emotion, Confidence, Perception and Expectation Case of Mathematics

  • Hamide DoganEmail author
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Abstract

Students’ concerns about mathematics can significantly affect their ability to learn the subject. In particular, their anxieties and attitudes can greatly affect how they perceive their own mathematical competence, and in return, this may make them reluctant to pursue mathematical studies. Many researchers believe in the role of active learning environments in reshaping students’ perception of and emotions about mathematics. This paper reports the results of an investigation on the effect of one such environment. As a result of being exposed to an active learning environment, a group of 21 cohort students showed opinion changes from a pre- to post-survey statements significantly on emotion and noticeably on confidence and perception statements. There was, however, no statistically significant change observed on the opinions of a group of 41 traditional students.

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confidence emotion interactive collaborative learning environment mathematics mathematics teachers perception and expectation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at El Paso Mathematical SciencesEl PasoUSA

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