ERIC Number: EJ1043670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Cultural Models of Teaching and Learning in Math and Science: Exploring the Intersections of Culture, Cognition, and Pedagogical Situations
Ferrare, Joseph J.; Hora, Matthew T.
Journal of Higher Education, v85 n6 p792-825 Nov-Dec 2014
While researchers have examined how disciplinary and departmental cultures influence instructional practices in higher education, there has yet to be an examination of this relationship at the embodied level of culture. In this article we utilize cultural models theory to examine the theories of student learning and teaching practice espoused and enacted by undergraduate math and science faculty. To examine these cultural models of teaching and learning we use thematic analysis, clustering, scaling, and graphing techniques to analyze interview transcripts and classroom observation data among 41 undergraduate math and science instructors across three universities in the United States. We then focus on three individual cases of instructors to examine how their cultural models interact with other cultural models, existing forms of teaching practice, and features of instructional environments to shape their teaching practices. The article concludes by setting forth an agenda for future research and arguing that the "cultures of teaching" in these disciplines should not only be perceived as barriers but also opportunities for meaningful pedagogical innovation.
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, Undergraduate Study, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Models, Case Studies, Educational Practices, Multivariate Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL-0814724