2013 The Journal of Academic Social Science Studies  
As human begins, it cannot be expected from us to remain indifferent to the events and happenings around us or not to think about their causes and effects. For that reason, people mostly seek to find the answers to the question 'Why?' when they especially met unexpected or unpleasant something. Attribution theory deals with the question of how individuals make judgments. When a subject is made an attribution, she or he is usually guessing about the true cause of a particular action. Literature
more » ... action. Literature in the field of attribution theory suggests a relationship between the way students explain the causes of their academic performance and academic achievement. Cognitive psychologists conclude that student beliefs about their probability and causes for success and failure greatly influence their academic achievement. The aim of this study aimed to investigate science teacher candidates' causal attributions of success and failure on mathematical proof. The participants in this study were 67 first year teacher candidates from this department. To gather data, a Likert-type questionnaire was administered. According to the participated teacher candidates, ability of proving is not an innate talent possessed by the individual.  Bu çalışmanın bir kısmı 11. Ulusal Sınıf Öğretmenliği Eğitimi Sempozyumu'nda (USOS2012) sözlü bildiri olarak sunulmuştur. Savaş BAŞTÜRK Ability to memorize, logical-mathematical intelligence or high level of intelligence, are not counted among factors affecting success or failure on mathematical proof. Causes such as distance of mathematics in secondary education from proof and reasoning, deficiencies in past topics, being blind to use which proof method for which theorem and how to start proving, prejudice, lack of effort and working are the most frequently highlighted causal attributions.
doi:10.9761/jasss876 fatcat:2idukzzlcbd5bn4wphgmdjpyee