The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of webquest-based applications on the pre-service elementary school teachers’ motivation in mathematics. There were a total of 202 pre-service elementary school teachers, 125 in a treatment group and 77 in a control group. The researcher used a Likert-type questionnaire consisting of 34 negative and positive statements. This questionnaire was designed to evaluate a situational measure of the pre-service teachers’ motivation. This questionnaire was used as pre- and post-tests in the study that took place in two semesters. It was administered to the participants by the researcher before and after the instruction during a single class period. The paired-samples t-test, the independent-samples t-test and analysis of covariance with = 0.05 were used to analyse the quantitative data. The study showed that there was a statistically significant difference found in participants’ motivation between treatment and control groups favouring the treatment group. In other words, the participants who designed the webquest-based applications indicated positive attitudes towards mathematics course than the others who did the regular course work.
Erdogan Halat has written an article that has recently been published in International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (IJMEST). The article is entitled: “The effects of designing Webquests on the motivation of pre-service elementary school teachers“, and here is the abstract: