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ERIC Number: EJ776255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Understanding Teachers' Resistance to the Curricular Inclusion of Alternative Algorithms
Groth, Randall
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v19 n1 p3-28 2007
This study focuses on a group of practitioners from a school district that adopted reform-oriented curriculum materials but later rejected them, partially due to the inclusion of alternative algorithms in the materials. Metaphors implicit in a conversation among the group were analysed to illuminate their perspectives on instructional issues surrounding alternative algorithms. Several possible sources of resistance to folding alternative algorithms into instruction were found, including the ideas that: successful learning does not involve struggling with mathematics, the teacher's role in the classroom is primarily to present information, and that mathematics learning progresses according to a fixed sequence of levels. (Contains 4 tables, 4 figures, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A