ERIC Number: ED410102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-14
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The Effects of a 6 Month Professional Development Project on 5th and 6th Grade Teachers' Beliefs & Attitudes about Calculators 2 Years after the Project.
Schmidt, Mary Ellen
This paper reports on a project that involved 16 middle school teachers incorporating fraction calculators into the mathematics curriculum. Teachers completed questionnaires prior to the beginning of the project and again two years later. Findings indicate that two years after the end of the project, teachers held positive attitudes or dispositions toward calculators and mathematics and showed no significant change in their beliefs about calculators and mathematics. Data suggest that mathematics teacher educators and the research community need to consider the benefits of short professional development programs in the reform movement, and learn how to reach into the school culture to support teachers' continued development of constructivist beliefs. The questionnaires and items analysis for each response set are included. Contains 21 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (Washington, DC, February 14, 1997).