ERIC Number: ED294761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Constructs of Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching.
Owens, John E.
Repertory grid technique and extensive interviews were used to investigate the personal constructs of mathematics and mathematics teaching held by four preservice secondary mathematics teachers. Kelly's Personal Construct Theory and Perry's developmental scheme provided frameworks for analysis of the experiential, pedagogical, and mathematical perspectives through which the preservice teachers interpreted their undergraduate teacher preparation programs and anticipated their roles as teachers. Mathematical constructs tended to focus on simple algorithmic exercises guided by personal success with pre-college mathematics. Participants generally evidenced neither constructs with which to assimilate the implications of higher mathematics nor the anticipatory schema to deem such material relevant. Role constructs tended to focus on social, versus intellectual, qualities. (PK)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Educational Research, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests, Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April, 1988). Charts may not reproduce well.