**Acta**** Didactica Napocensia**

**Volume 10 Number 2, pages 99-108**

Published: 25 August 2017

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# STUDENTS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS MATHEMATICS AND THE IMPACTS OF
MATHEMATICS TEACHERS’ APPROACHES ON IT

# Aysun Nüket Elçi

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**Abstract.** The purpose of the study is to determine students’ attitudes towards
mathematics, to investigate these attitudes according to the different
variables, and to reveal the impacts of mathematics teachers’ approaches and
in–class activities on the students’ attitudes towards mathematics. The study
was conducted with the high school students from Turkey. This study was a mixed
of the quantitative and qualitative methods. The data obtained from the scales
named Mathematics Attitude Scale (MAS) and Mathematics Teachers’ Approaches
Questionnaire (MTAQ) and the semi–structured interviews. The MAS was used to
determine the students’attitudes towards mathematics
and the MTAQ was used to assign mathematics teachers’ activities and approaches
in their lessons. The application of the scales conducted with the 450 students
(253 female and 197 male) and the interviews were carried out with the 25 students
chosen from the samples. The quantitative data were analyzed by using the
statistical software and the qualitative data were analyzed by using the
content analysis. The study showed that the students’ attitudes towards
mathematics differed by, gender, field, and mathematics score but not by grade
and that the teachers’ approaches and activities impacted the students’
attitudes towards mathematics in some aspects.

## Key words: Attitudes towards
mathematics, high school students, mathematics teachers’ approaches.

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