ERIC Number: ED364412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Middle School Mathematics Teachers' Views of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Their Planning and Classroom Instruction, and Student Beliefs and Achievement.
Erickson, Dianne K.
The purpose of this exploratory research was to examine two middle school mathematics teachers' views of the nature of mathematics and their perceptions about the purpose of education as it translates into planning for instruction and teaching. In addition, students in one seventh grade mathematics class of each teacher were surveyed about their perceptions/beliefs about mathematics. Change in the students' perceptions/beliefs and mathematics achievement over the course of one year were considered. Data collected, including results from teacher and student questionnaires and student achievement tests, are summarized in the main body of the text. Results indicate that viewing mathematics mainly as a tool for solving application problems is a less powerful guide to teaching than viewing mathematics as a problem-solving process, at least with regard to student success in the area of beliefs and achievement. Implications for inservice teacher education programs are discussed. Contains 23 references. (Author/MKR)
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 (Atlanta, GA, April 1993).