ERIC Number: ED465527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Uncovering Mothers' Perceptions about the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.
Civil, Marta; Quintos, Beatriz
This paper focuses on parents' perceptions of and expectations for the teaching and learning of mathematics for themselves as adult learners as well as for their children. The research is part of a large parental involvement project in a working-class, Hispanic community. The work is grounded on the concept of dialogic learning (Flecha, 2000) both in our approach to the learning experiences in which these parents (mothers) participate and in our research endeavor. Project MAPPS (Math and Parent Partnerships in the Southwest) seeks to establish a dialogue that breaks down the hierarchical and hegemonic practices that often characterize parental involvement efforts in communities. The analysis of data from home-based interviews, focus group discussions, and written narratives reveals several themes related to these women's mathematical learning experiences. These themes revolve around concepts of friendship and intellectual engagement. Furthermore, to better understand their perceptions about the teaching of mathematics, the project has conducted classroom observations with a few of the mothers. These visits to their children's classrooms as well as to other classrooms and the follow-up debriefing conversation shed some light on parents' views about teaching and learning. Finally, as these parents engage as teachers to other parents, the project learns about what they focus on as they themselves plan and teach a mathematics workshop. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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