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ERIC Number: EJ869118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Learning to Teach School Mathematics: Perceptions of Special Education Teachers
Gerretson, Helen; McHatton, Patricia Alvarez
Action in Teacher Education, v31 n3 p28-40 Fall 2009
This research examines perceptions of special education teachers toward mathematics as related to self as student and teacher throughout a semester-long mathematics methods course. Eighteen alternate-entrant special education teachers provided data in the form of mathematics autobiographical essays and classroom drawings. Autobiographical essays were collected at the beginning of the course along with drawings and descriptions of a memorable classroom. Drawings and descriptions of participants' ideal classrooms were collected at the end of the course. Data were analyzed at each point and then compared across time. Findings reveal a dissonance between participants' written descriptions and illustrations related to the teaching of mathematics, displaying the lasting power of individual learning experiences. Suggestions for future research are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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