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ERIC Number: ED532934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 193
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-3385-2
The Intersection of Middle-Grade Teachers' Beliefs regarding Mathematics and Adolescents
Douglass, Lisa Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University
The aim of this study was to gain an enhanced understanding of middle-grade teachers' beliefs about adolescents and teaching mathematics. The participants were three veteran middle-grade teachers in different school districts who were purposively selected by the researcher. Data collection methods included semi-structured interviews, observations of local contexts, and written responses from the participants. In the data analysis phase, an interpretive approach was used. From the data analysis, four themes emerged: (1) Teachers' expressed beliefs about adolescents' mathematical learning are not necessarily borne out in their pedagogical practice; (2) Confronting their own folk beliefs about adolescents' mathematical learning allows teachers to consider alternatives to those beliefs, and can influence their teaching practice. In the absence of this confrontation or without impetus for change, teachers will be more likely to abandon thoughts of changing their pedagogical practice; (3) Teachers have firmly embedded traditional beliefs about mathematics instruction, although they may co-exist with student-centered views; and (4) Teachers recognize adolescents' individual differences and needs but do not necessarily act upon those differences and needs in their instruction. The findings from this study have implications for middle-grade teacher education and teacher beliefs literature. The study suggests the need for further research on teacher beliefs about adolescents influencing teaching practice. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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