ERIC Number: ED417941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
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Teachers' Definition of Math: Creating and Implementing an Instrument.
Pachnowski, Lynne M.
After having secondary math education majors write an essay entitled, "What is Mathematics?" for the past 4 years, the first attempt was made to create an instrument based on the results of these essays that would measure math beliefs. Based on previous research which suggests that a math teacher's beliefs influence the teacher's methodology, the instrument was administered to elementary education majors to determine their methodological tendencies. The results are compared to similar data obtained from secondary math education majors (n=11) and urban, college-bound high school juniors (n=13). The results suggest that elementary education majors who expect to teach mathematics need a broader vision of what mathematics is. Appendixes contain the survey instrument and results. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Researchers Association (Chicago, IL, October 15-18, 1997).