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ERIC Number: EJ1075093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1386-4416
Knowledge and Motivation as Mediators in Mathematics Teaching Practice: The Case of Drawn Models for Fraction Arithmetic
Jacobson, Erik; Izsák, Andrew
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v18 n5 p467-488 Oct 2015
Past studies have suggested that in light of recent curriculum standards, many US teachers make limited use of drawn models in their mathematics instruction. To gain insight into this phenomenon, we investigated relationships between US teachers' opportunities to learn about, knowledge of, motivation for, and instructional use of drawn models for representing multiplication and division of fractions. A national sample of 990 practicing middle-grade teachers was administered a three-part survey that contained a knowledge assessment; a professional history and teaching practices questionnaire that included questions about opportunities to learn to use drawn models; and a motivation questionnaire that measured teachers' value, anxiety, and self-concept of ability for using such models in instruction. In regression models without motivation, opportunity to learn significantly predicted the teachers' knowledge, frequency of use, and purpose for use of drawn models. In structural equation models that included motivation, knowledge and motivation substantially accounted for relationships between the teachers' opportunity to learn and their self-reported use of drawn models in instruction. These findings are consistent with the general hypothesis that teacher' opportunities to learn teaching practices indirectly affect their instructional practices. Teachers' knowledge and motivation also play a central role.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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