ERIC Number: ED347093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Flexible and Responsive Learning Environment for General Mathematics Students.
Kirsner, Steven A.; Bethell, Sandra
The authors describe one high school teacher's attempt to change her mathematics teaching in ways that are consistent with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics'"Standards" documents. One of the coauthors is the teacher who teaches in a professional development school; the other, a researcher, conducted regular observations in her general mathematics class and interviewed students and the teacher. The authors describe two classes from a 10-week probability unit and present data from student interviews that were conducted approximately 5 weeks after the unit ended. The authors used these data to argue that in spite of significant obstacles, the teacher created a classroom environment that promoted meaningful, though unpredictable and not-readily-apparent mathematical learning. Although the professional development school provided a relatively supportive environment, the authors argued that this teacher would have benefitted from more consistent support as she struggled with pedagogical and content-related issues. (33 references) (Author)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Educational Change, Evaluation Methods, Grade 10, High Schools, Interviews, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Probability, Problem Solving, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, East Lansing, MI.