ERIC Number: ED353135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Prospective Elementary Teachers' Thinking about Teaching Mathematics.
This paper analyzes the views about teaching mathematics held by eight preservice elementary teachers enrolled in a mathematics course that emphasized small group discussion and an exploratory approach to mathematics. Analysis of the students' diaries, interviews, and group discussions reveal a body of traditional views about teaching mathematics in clear contrast with the message of the course. Although students showed progress as reflective learners of mathematics, the effect of the experience as teachers is unclear. The paper addresses the need to work towards teacher education models that combine these experiences in mathematics with a successful transition into the school world. (Author)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Course Content, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Education Majors, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Interviews, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Qualitative Research, Small Group Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Journals, Teacher Attitudes
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, April 1992).