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ERIC Number: EJ924278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 45
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Motivating Mathematics Learning: Changes in Teachers' Practices and Beliefs during a Nine-Month Collaboration
Turner, Julianne C.; Warzon, Kristen Bogner; Christensen, Andrea
American Educational Research Journal, v48 n3 p718-762 Jun 2011
The authors investigated patterns of change in three middle grade teachers' beliefs and practices about motivation in mathematics during a yearlong professional development project with a university researcher. Four principles of motivation (and corresponding instructional strategies) were introduced in this sequence: supporting students' competence, belongingness, autonomy, and making learning meaningful. Teachers enacted strategies in their classrooms, were observed and interviewed, and discussed and reflected on results during monthly meetings. Enactment of motivation strategies was related to changes in mathematics instruction for some teachers. Results reflect the importance of situating motivation strategies in content area instruction and providing adequate support for teacher conceptual change. The authors examine both personal and contextual explanations for changing instructional practices and the obstacles to such changes. (Contains 1 note and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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