An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


This study aims at identifying mathematics teaching methods used by mathematics teachers at the universities of Jordan and the attitudes. To achieve the objective of the study, the analytical descriptive approach has been applied. A random sample has been chosen from the faculty members specialized in mathematics at the University of Jordan, Hashemite University, AL-Bayet University and Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan; (48) teachers. Two measures have been developed for the purposes of this study; the first measure: aims at identifying the most common teaching methods, the second: aims at measuring the attitudesof the faculty members at the universities towards mathematics teaching methods. The results of the study showed that direct teaching, the discussion and dialog method, and the teaching method that depends on the computer are the most common teaching methods among the facultymembers –specialized in mathematics –at the universities of Jordan. Whereas for the attitudes, the results showed that the majority of the faculty members agree on the importance of using modern and diverse teaching methods, in addition to the importance of training teachers during their first year of assignment on using these methods. The results showed that there are no statistically significant differences regarding the attitudesof the members of the sample toward using the teaching methods accordingto the type of the method. In the light of the results of the study, some recommendations were reached: activating modern teaching methods in the university education which develop the students’ thinking, research capabilities and scientific creativity; and building a system that motivates university teachers in general and mathematics teachers in particular to practice diverse teaching methods.