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ERIC Number: EJ819774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Reification of Instructional Materials as Part of the Process of Developing Problem-Based Practices in Mathematics Education
McDuffie, Amy M. Roth; Mather, Martha
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v12 n4 p435-459 Aug 2006
This teacher development study closely examined a teacher's practice for the purpose of understanding how she selected and implemented instructional materials, and correspondingly how these processes changed as she developed her problem-based practice throughout a school year. Data sources included over 20 hours of planning and analysis meetings with the teacher and 27 video-taped lessons with discussions before and after each lesson. Through qualitative analysis we examined the data for: students' cognitive demand for curricular materials the teacher selected and implemented; teacher's beliefs and practices for students' engagement in mathematical thinking; and teacher's and students' communication about mathematics during instruction. We found that the teacher shifted her views and use of instructional materials as she changed her practice towards more problem-based approaches. The teacher moved from closely following her traditional, district-adopted textbook to selecting problem-based tasks from outside resources to build a curriculum. Simultaneously, she changed her practice to focus more on students' engagement in mathematical thinking and their communication about mathematics as part of learning. During this shift in practice, the teacher began to reify instructional materials, viewing them as instruments of her practice to meet students' needs. The process of shifting her views was gradual over the school year and involved substantial analysis and reflection on practice from the teacher. Implications include that teachers and teacher educators may need to devote more attention and support for teachers to use instructional materials to support instruction, rather than materials to prescribe instruction. This use of instructional materials may be an important part of transforming practice overall. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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