International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

 

Development and Evaluation of an Instrument to Assess Prospective Teachers’ Dispositions with Respect to Mathematics
James Beyers

Abstract
Presented here is a survey for the assessment of prospective elementary teachers? dispositions with respect to mathematics. From a review of the literature, it was found that many, and at times inconsistent, operationalizations of the disposition construct were being used to examine student dispositions with respect to mathematics. Presented here is a conceptual framework composed of three modes of dispositional functioning, cognitive, affective, and conative, comprising ten subcategories of dispositional functions. The proposed framework offers consistency to language used in previous work, as well as a „focused? lens for examining issues related to student dispositions. The proposed framework was used to guide the development of a survey, the Mathematics Dispositional Functions Inventory. Measures taken to strengthen the validity and reliability associated with the survey are reported. Results provide empirical support for the proposed ten-factor structure used in the instrument. Estimates of internal consistency reliability are also given.

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