Mathematical Beliefs Questionnaire
Please choose the number which best describes your agreement with each statement.
1-Strongly disagree 2-Moderately disagree 3-Slightly disagree 4-Slightly agree 5-Moderately agree 6-Strongly agree
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1. Solving a mathematics problem usually involves finding a rule or formula that applies. *
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2. The field of math contains many of the finest and most elegant creations of the human mind. *
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3. The main benefit from studying mathematics is developing the ability to follow directions. *
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4. The laws and rules of mathematics severely limit the manner in which problems can be solved. *
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5. Studying mathematics helps to develop the ability to think more creatively. *
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6. The basic ingredient for success in mathematics is an inquiring nature. *
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7. There are several different but appropriate ways to organize the basic ideas in mathematics. *
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8. In mathematics there is usually just one proper way to do something. *
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9. In mathematics, perhaps more than in other fields, one can find set routines and procedures. *
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10. Math has so many applications because its models can be interpreted in so many ways. *
Strongly Disagree
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11. Mathematicians are hired mainly to make precise measurements and calculations for scientists. *
Strongly Disagree
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12. In mathematics, perhaps more than in other areas, one can display originality and ingenuity. *
Strongly Disagree
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13. There are several different but logically acceptable ways to define most terms in math. *
Strongly Disagree
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14. Math is an organized body of knowledge which stresses the use of formulas to solve problems. *
Strongly Disagree
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15. Trial-and-error and other seemingly haphazard methods are often necessary in mathematics. *
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16. Mathematics is a rigid discipline which functions strictly according to inescapable laws. *
Strongly Disagree
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17. Many of the important functions of the mathematician are being taken over by the new computers. *
Strongly Disagree
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18. Mathematics requires very much independent and original thinking. *
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19. There are often many different ways to solve a mathematics problem. *
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20. The language of math is so exact that there is no room for variety of expression. *
Strongly Disagree
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21. The teacher should always work sample problems for students before making an assignment. *
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22. Teachers should make assignments on just that which has been thoroughly discussed in class. *
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23. Children should be encouraged to invent their own mathematical symbolism. *
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24. Each student should be encouraged to build on his own mathematical ideas, even if his attempts contain much trial and error. *
Strongly Disagree
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25. Each student should feel free to use any method for solving a problem that suits him or her best. *
Strongly Disagree
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26. Teachers should provide class time for students to experiment with their own mathematical ideas. *
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27. Discovery methods of teaching tend to frustrate many students who make too many errors before making any hoped for discovery. *
Strongly Disagree
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28. Most exercises assigned to students should be applications of a particular rule or formula. *
Strongly Disagree
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29. Teachers should spend most of each class period explaining how to work specific problems. *
Strongly Disagree
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30. Teachers should frequently insist that pupils find individual methods for solving problems. *
Strongly Disagree
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31. Discovery methods of teaching have limited value because students often get answers without knowing where they came from. *
Strongly Disagree
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32. The teacher should provide models for problem solving and expect students to imitate them. *
Strongly Disagree
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33. The average mathematics student, with a little guidance, should be able to discover the basic ideas of mathematics for her or himself. *
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34. The teacher should consistently give assignments which require research and original thinking. *
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35. Teachers must get students to wonder and explore even beyond usual patterns of operation in math. *
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36. Teachers must frequently give students assignments which require creative or investigative work. *
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37. Students should be expected to use only those methods that their text or teacher uses. *
Strongly Disagree
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38. Discovery-type lessons have very limited value when you consider the time they take up. *
Strongly Disagree
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39. All students should be required to memorize the procedures that the text uses to solve problems. *
Strongly Disagree
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40. Students of all abilities should learn better when taught by guided discovery methods. *
Strongly Disagree
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Slightly Agree
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