ERIC Number: EJ1122921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Perceptions of a Mathematics Major for Prospective Elementary Teachers with an Inquiry-Based Philosophy
Cook, Samuel A.; Borkovitz, Debra K.
PRIMUS, v27 n1 p125-147 2017
In this paper we present data from one-on-one interviews conducted with students who have taken intermediate and advanced inquiry-based mathematics courses in a program that prepares future preK-8 teachers. Many of these students entered college with a fear of math, but then gained confidence from a required introductory math course and chose to pursue a major in Mathematics for Teaching. These interviews help explain their choice to pursue this major and their general experiences in IBL math classes. These insights were used to improve our program and may also help other mathematics instructors and programs that hope to implement an inquiry-based approach in their departments.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Inquiry, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Majors (Students), Departments, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate Students, Program Improvement, Problem Based Learning, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts