### Abstract

Mathematics beliefs are an important element in strengthening the teaching and learning process among teachers. Previous research proposed that mathematics beliefs should be categorized into three dimensions that include beliefs about the nature of mathematics, beliefs about mathematics teaching, and beliefs about mathematics learning. This study aimed to validate a Mathematics Belief Scale (MBS) that consists of 36 items. The instrument was distributed to 254 mathematics secondary school teachers in one of the states in Malaysia. These teachers were required to respond to a fivepoint Likert scale instrument. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis were used to examine the MBS using AMOS 16.0. All constructs revealed acceptable internal consistency reliability. A good model fit was found for mathematics beliefs measurement model using several fit index tests like CMINDF, GFI, CFI, TLI, and RMSEA. The findings showed that all fit indices criteria were fulfilled. It was also showed that acceptable construct reliability and variance extracted value were obtained.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 555-560 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences |

Volume | 5 |

Issue number | 3 |

Publication status | Published - Mar 2011 |

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### Keywords

- Confirmatory factor analysis
- Exploratory factor analysis
- Mathematics beliefs
- Mathematics teachers

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General

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**A confirmatory factor analysis of mathematics beliefs scale in a malaysian context.** / Siti Mistima, Maat; Zakaria, Effandi; Mohd Nordin, Norizah @ Norazah.

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