ERIC Number: EJ865963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Teaching Mathematics at the College Level: International TAs' Transitional Experiences
Chae, Jeong-Lim; Lim, Jae Hoon; Fisher, Molly H.
PRIMUS, v19 n3 p245-259 2009
This article examines the transition process of 14 international teaching assistants (TAs), who teach mathematics courses in U.S. college contexts. In particular, this study documents several major aspects of changes in their teaching, including their curriculum choice and instructional practices over time. This study reveals how the institutional contexts and the TAs' subjective knowledge shaped their teaching as well as prospects for professional development. Findings reveal that their instructional adaptation process reflects their psychological conversion process, which entailed ironic consequences in their final choice of curriculum and instructional practices. Implications for their professional development are discussed from constructivist teaching perspectives.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Professional Development, Teaching Assistants, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Mathematics, Foreign Students, Curriculum, Context Effect, Educational Environment, Adjustment (to Environment), Graduate Students, Student Adjustment, Interviews, Misconceptions, Power Structure
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