Attitudes of Elementary School Students towards Solving Mathematics Problems


Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol.152, pp.557-562, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 152
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.09.243
  • Journal Name: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.557-562
  • Keywords: Mathematics education, problem solving, attitude towards problem solving, elementary school students


There are many factors that have an effect on learning. As known, learning takes place in cognitive, affective and psychomotor areas. Currently, affective area has been recognized both as a part of education and the focus point of studies. Affective characteristics often play role in learning that takes place in schools. One of these affective characteristics is student attitude towards the course. Unfortunately it is acknowledged that students have been developing negative attitude towards mathematics since the early years of their lives. In this sense, purpose of this study is to analyze the attitudes of elementary school students towards problem solving. Working group of the study covers elementary school students. "Attitude Scale for Mathematics Problem Solving" developed by Canakci and Ozdemir (2011) was employed as data collection tool to measure the attitudes of students towards problem solving. The scale has two dimensions called "enjoyment" and "teaching". At the end of the study, it was seen that there was a decrease in the level of "enjoyment" dimension as the grade level increased. This decrease became a significant difference for eighth grades. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.