ERIC Number: ED307156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary School Teachers' Attitudes Toward Mathematics: Impact on Students' Autonomous Learning Skills.
Karp, Karen Silliman
The purpose of this study was to investigate the teaching behavior and instructional methods of female elementary school teachers when engaged in mathematical instruction. This is a qualitative case study using the actual classroom setting as the source of data and the researcher as the instrument. Two female teachers were selected from each of the fourth- and sixth-grade levels of a New York State public school district. Each pair had matching amounts of teaching experience as well as comparable cohorts of mathematics students, yet the scores of each reflected opposite poles of mathematics attitudinal instruments. Data were collected through the use of tape recordings, an observational framework, field notes, unstructured and formal interviews, a student attitudinal questionnaire and artifacts during a two-month period. Findings on teacher dependence, learned helplessness, and independent learning behaviors with respect to teacher's attitude are discussed, as are implications for teacher education programs. (YP)
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 (San Francisco, CA, March 27-30, 1989).