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ERIC Number: EJ945536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-31
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Latvian Mathematics Teachers' Beliefs on Effective Teaching
Sapkova, Alesja
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Oct 2011
The article aims to present findings of a study on the profile of traditional/constructivist beliefs of mathematics teachers in Latvia connected with effective teaching. For this purpose, data acquired within the framework of the project "Nordic-Baltic comparative research in mathematics education" (NorBa) were analyzed. The sample included 390 teachers of mathematics from different regions of Latvia, 96 of whom worked at schools of ethnic minorities, and 165 of whom were teachers from bigger towns. Latvian mathematics teachers' beliefs about effective teaching tended towards constructivism, though in response to many questions traditional standpoints still remained. The results demonstrate statistically significant differences between teachers of different social and demographical groups. Teachers from general education schools were found to have different beliefs from schools with a large percentage of students from ethnic minorities, and teachers from bigger towns were found to have different beliefs from teachers working in small towns or the countryside. The outcomes of this study may be used for the development and improvement of courses in mathematics teacher education. (Contains 2 footnotes, 6 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Latvia