Validation of The Mathematical Knowledge For Teaching Statistics Instrument
The purpose of this study is to assess preservice teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching statistics (MKT-S) and identify the relationship between the components of this knowledge. For this purpose, MKT-S instrument consisting of two dimensions, ‘content knowledge’ (CK) and ‘pedagogical content knowledge’ (PCK) was developed, and applied to 659 preservice middle school mathematics teachers (PTs). Confirmatory factor analysis showed that CK and PCK are two different dimensions of mathematical knowledge of teaching statistics. Third year and fourth year preservice teachers’ factor scores were significantly different and fourth year preservice teachers’ factor scores were slightly higher. It was found that CK factor scores were highly correlated with PCK factor scores. The reliability levels were 0.65 for CK factor scores and 0.76 for PCK factor scores. MKT-S instrument developed in this study has several implications for teacher education. MKT-S instrument can be used to evaluate efficiency of PTs’ mathematical knowledge for teaching statistics. Instrument can be adapted for in-service teachers.
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