Structure of students’ view of mathematics in the Estonian Business School
Students’ mathematics-related beliefs are a decisive parameter for engagement and success in school. In the present research the students’ attitudes, beliefs and motivations regarding mathematics at an Estonian university was explored. The paper focuses on describing such a view of mathematics. By means of a confirmatory factor analysis, seven factors were confirmed. The data were collected from 93 first-year mathematics course students in the Estonian Business School through a questionnaire using a Likert-type scale. The study confirmed most of the components identified in earlier studies. It validates the use of the instrument in further studies of beliefs, attitudes and motivation at the university level in Estonia.
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.