ERIC Number: EJ711955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: 23
A Comparison of Preservice Elementary Teachers' Beliefs about Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics: 1968 and 1998
Seaman, Carol E.; Szydlik, Jennifer Earles; Szydlik, Stephen D.; Beam, John E.
School Science and Mathematics, v105 n4 p197 Apr 2005
This study replicates Collier's (1972) work. It focuses on the beliefs of a large sample of elementary education students at four stages of teacher preparation, about both the nature of and the teaching of mathematics. The instrument measures what Collier termed a "formal-informal" dimension of belief. The data suggest that initially the 1998 students held significantly more informal (constructivist) beliefs than did their 1968 counterparts. In both years, students moved toward more informal beliefs during the course of their programs, with the most significant changes occurring in their beliefs about how mathematics should be taught. However, apparent contradictions in belief structures were observed both at the start and at the end of their programs. Thus, it appears that though many students acquired new, more informal beliefs during the course of their programs, they did not develop robust, consistent philosophies of mathematics education.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Education, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Measures (Individuals), Teacher Education
School Science & Mathematics Association, The Ohio State University, 238 Arps Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210-1172. Web site: http://www.ssma.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin