ERIC Number: EJ1026520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
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Math Autobiographies: A Window into Teachers' Identities as Mathematics Learners
McCulloch, Allison W.; Marshall, Patricia L.; DeCuir-Gunby, Jessica T.; Caldwell, Ticola S.
School Science and Mathematics, v113 n8 p380-389 Dec 2013
Mathematics autobiographies have the potential to help teachers reflect on their identities as mathematics learners and to understand their role in the development of their students' mathematics identities. This paper reports on a professional development project for K-2 teachers (n = 41), in which participants were asked to write mathematics autobiographies. Using an adaptation of an existing framework for characterizing teachers' mathematics stories, we describe the consistencies among the participants' experiences as mathematics learners and the events that are identified as being the impetus for a transition from a negative to a positive attitude toward mathematics. Implications for both teachers and teacher educators are presented.
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Identity, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Positive Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Elementary Education; Primary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
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