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ERIC Number: EJ1160851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1442-3901
Learning Mathematics for Teaching Mathematics: Non-Specialist Teachers' Mathematics Teacher Identity
Crisan, Cosette; Rodd, Melissa
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, v19 n2 p104-122 2017
A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is a school teacher who qualified to teach in a subject other than mathematics yet teaches mathematics to students in secondary school. There is an emerging interest internationally in this population, a brief report of which is given in the paper. Because of concerns about the quality of non-specialists' mathematics teaching, in-service courses for these teachers have been provided by some educational jurisdictions, including within the United Kingdom (UK). This paper reports on a research project based on designing and teaching such courses in London. The paper operationalises "Mathematics Teacher Identity" by adapting Wenger's (1998) social ecology of identity to give a framework of "Modes of Belonging" for a teacher of mathematics, which is then used to analyse qualitative data of different types. Analysis of the data identifies (1) aspects of non-specialists' mathematics teacher identity in terms of indicators and (2) through two case studies, "trajectories" towards development of a mathematics teacher identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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