NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ828495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
The Myth of the Good Mathematics Teacher
Gieger, Judith Lynn
PRIMUS, v17 n1 p93-102 Jan 2007
One of the most publicly celebrated figures in mathematics teaching during the last century was Jaime Escalante (dramatized in the film "Stand and Deliver"). The Escalante story aptly fulfills three prevailing myths about effective teachers: the Teacher is self-made, the Teacher is the expert, and everything depends on the Teacher. These myths are so predominant in our culture that we can also see their representation in recent legislative actions such as No Child Left Behind and the American Competitiveness Initiative. This demonstrates the strength that the myth has in reflecting, influencing, and legalizing our perceptions of good mathematics teaching.
Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001