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ERIC Number: ED441760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 24
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Reflections on Exemplary Mathematics Teachers by Two African American Students.
Powell, Angiline
This qualitative study used phenomenology to investigate African American college students' perceptions of exemplary mathematics teaching practices. Data collection occurred over 12 weeks from February-April 1999. The data collection involved interviews, surveys, exemplary teacher observations, and autobiographies. Initially, participants were asked about their school experiences, with a focus on mathematics classes and teachers. Participants then completed a followup interview based on information from the survey. Participants wrote autobiographies of their experiences in mathematics education that emphasized their mathematics teachers. After finishing their autobiographies, the students completed one more interview. This paper focuses on data from two of the participating students. Results indicated that the teacher ethic of caring was critical in the mathematics education of these African American students. Teacher availability was also essential to good mathematics teaching. Another characteristic that participants appreciated was teachers freely asking students questions and encouraging students to answer, responding in a respectful and patient manner. The students also appreciated teachers' willingness to explain and to answer and ask questions. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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