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In their own voice: A study of preservice early childhood and elementary teachers reconstructing their beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics

Barbara Delphine Henriques, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Abstract

This study focused on preservice teachers at early childhood and elementary levels to identify prior beliefs they bring to their mathematics methods classes, how these beliefs affect their understandings about mathematics teaching and learning, and how these beliefs are reconstructed while engaged in a contructivist designed mathematics methods course.^ Data collected included in-depth student journal entries, personal histories of preservice teachers' prior mathematics experiences, and small group interviews. An interpretive analysis of the data identified emergent themes related to preservice teachers' beliefs about themselves as learners and teachers of mathematics and how these beliefs were reconstructed during the course.^ Five major themes were identified: preservice teachers prior beliefs and experiences; increased understandings about themselves as learners of mathematics; new learning about mathematical pedagogy; new or different ways of learning mathematics; and anger about their previous mathematics experiences. ^

Subject Area

Education, Mathematics|Education, Early Childhood|Education, Elementary|Education, Teacher Training|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Barbara Delphine Henriques, "In their own voice: A study of preservice early childhood and elementary teachers reconstructing their beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics" (January 1, 1997). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. Paper AAI9721457.
http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI9721457

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