Structure of university students’ view of mathematics in Estonia
Indrek Kaldo and Markku S. Hannula
This study reports on first-year Estonian university students’ view of mathematics. The data was collected from 970 university students of different disciplines. The participants filled out a Likert-type questionnaire that was developed using previously published instruments. The study confirmed that several different attitudes, beliefs, and motivational orientations can be identified and validly measured as separate components of Estonian university students’ view of mathematics. However, the low reliability of some scales highlights the necessity for careful testing of instruments in any new population.
Indrek Kaldo is a PhD student in mathematics education at the Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University. His research interests are students’ beliefs, attitudes and motivation towards the teaching and learning of mathematics, particularly at the university level. He has also 11 years experiences as lecturer in mathematics at university level.
Markku S. Hannula
Markku S. Hannula is professor in mathematics education at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki in Finland. His research interests include motivation, beliefs, emotions, problem solving, and gender in mathematics education.