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Westaway, Lise; Graven, Mellony – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2019

This article addresses the question: Why teachers of mathematics have yet to 'take up' progressive roles? Drawing on the philosophy of critical realism and its methodological equivalent, social realism, we analyse interview and observation data of four grade 3 teachers, with the view to identifying the mechanisms conditioning the expression of…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers, Resistance to Change

Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty; Doig, Brian; Groves, Susie – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2019

Structured problem-solving lessons are used to explore mathematical concepts such as pattern and relationships in early algebra, and regularly used in Japanese Lesson Study research lessons. However, enactment of structured problem-solving lessons which involves detailed planning, anticipation of student solutions and orchestration of whole-class…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Mathematical Concepts

Jacobson, Erik; Simpson, Amber – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2019

Replication studies play a critical role in scientific accumulation of knowledge, yet replication studies in mathematics education are rare. In this study, the authors replicated Thanheiser's (Educational Studies in Mathematics 75:241-251, 2010) study of prospective elementary teachers' conceptions of multidigit number and examined the main claim…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level, Number Concepts

Fisher, Molly H.; Thomas, Jonathan; Schack, Edna O.; Jong, Cindy; Tassell, Janet – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

This study examined the impact of an intervention, focused on professional noticing of children's conceptual development in whole number and arithmetic reasoning, on preservice elementary teachers' (PSETs') professional noticing skills, attitudes toward mathematics, and mathematical knowledge for teaching mathematics. A video-based professional…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Preservice Teachers, Intervention, Children

Loong, Esther Yook-Kin; Herbert, Sandra – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

This paper seeks to theorise primary teachers' degree of integration of digital technology in the mathematics classroom. In an age where digital technology use is ubiquitous, the issues surrounding teachers' choice, and ultimately their uptake of digital technologies in the classroom, is an area that need to be further unpacked. Cross-case…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education

Brown, Raymond – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

This article focuses on using sociocultural theory to support student engagement with mathematics. The sociocultural approach used, collective argumentation (CA), is based on interactive principles necessary for coordinating student engagement in the discourse of the classroom. A goal of the research was to explore the affordances and constraints…

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Persuasive Discourse

Durksen, Tracy L.; Way, Jennifer; Bobis, Janette; Anderson, Judy; Skilling, Karen; Martin, Andrew J. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

We started with a classic research question ("How do teachers motivate and engage middle year students in mathematics?") that is solidly underpinned and guided by an integration of two theoretical and multidimensional models. In particular, the current study illustrates how theory is important for guiding qualitative analytical…

Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Qualitative Research

Sawatzki, Carly – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

As part of ongoing design-based research exploring financial literacy teaching and learning, 10 tasks termed "financial dilemmas" were trialled by 14 teachers and more than 300 year 5 and 6 students in four government primary schools in urban Darwin. Drawing on data related to three tasks--"Catching the bus," "Laser…

Descriptors: Money Management, Grade 4, Grade 5, Mathematics Teachers

Lee, Carrie W.; Walkowiak, Temple A.; Nietfeld, John L. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between prospective teachers' (PTs) instructional practises and their efficacy beliefs in classroom management and mathematics teaching. A sequential, explanatory mixed-methods design was employed. Results from efficacy surveys, implemented with 54 PTs were linked to a sample of…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Olteanu, Constanta – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

A qualitative study documented the use of examples in connection with reflection-for-action by mathematics educators. This article focuses on the use of mathematical examples that were chosen or designed by the teachers during lesson planning. The data are drawn from a 3-year project intended to make educational research in mathematics more useful…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Reflective Teaching

Wilkie, Karina J.; Clarke, Doug M. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Spatial visualisation of geometric patterns and their generalisation have become a recognised pathway to developing students' functional thinking and understanding of variables in algebra. This design-based research project investigated upper primary students' development of explicit generalisation of functional relationships and their…

Descriptors: Algebra, Spatial Ability, Visualization, Geometric Concepts

Orlando, Joanne; Attard, Catherine – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Digital natives are now of age and comprise the new generation of early career teachers (ECTs). This is an important change in teacher demographics given that new technologies have been introduced into classrooms with expectations that teachers embed them effectively into the teaching of mathematics. This paper draws on the data of three separate…

Descriptors: Information Technology, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Ren, Lixin; Green, Jennifer L.; Smith, Wendy M. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

The Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scales (FSMAS) are among the most popular instruments used in studies of attitudes toward mathematics. However, the FSMAS has been mainly used among student populations and rarely used with teachers. In the present study, three scales from the FSMAS--"Confidence," "Effectance…

Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Mathematics

Bragg, Leicha A.; Herbert, Sandra; Loong, Esther Yoon-Kin; Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Mathematical reasoning is now featured in the mathematics curriculum documents of many nations, but this necessitates changes to teaching practice and hence a need for professional learning. The development of children's mathematical reasoning requires appropriate encouragement and feedback from their teacher who can only do this if they recognise…

Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematical Logic, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Curriculum

Guberman, Raisa; Gorev, Dvora – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

The main objective of this study is to identify components of teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching, associated with the knowledge of mathematical horizon (KMH) in order to describe this type of knowledge from the viewpoint of elementary school mathematics teachers. The research population of this study consisted of 118 elementary school…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching