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ERIC Number: EJ893298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1742-5964
Listening to Students, Listening to Myself: Addressing Pre-Service Teachers' Fears of Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics
McGlynn-Stewart, Monica
Studying Teacher Education, v6 n2 p175-186 Aug 2010
This paper describes a self-study in which I, as a teacher educator, seek to understand how to respond effectively to my pre-service students' fears about learning and teaching primary mathematics. I studied my students' response to a new mathematics methods course that is tied to practicum. Results include the importance of listening closely to students' feelings about learning and teaching math, responding with opportunities to re-learn primary math concepts in a collaborative and hands-on environment, and providing opportunities for pre-service teachers to experience success with math teaching in primary school settings. What I did not realize at the outset was that the students and I would be on a parallel journey. While I endeavored to listen to their voices, I struggled with my limited voice as a sessional instructor. While they struggled to feel like "real" math teachers, I struggled to feel like a "real" math professor. Fear of teaching math to young children was mirrored by my fear of pioneering a new course. Examination of a key incident in the first year of the course and of the role of a critical friend helped me to see and understand these parallel paths.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada