Teachers' attitudes toward and perceptions of mathematics reform in Newfoundland: a qualitative research study

Matchem, David (2011) Teachers' attitudes toward and perceptions of mathematics reform in Newfoundland: a qualitative research study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Math reform in schools has been the subject of considerable debate for decades. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) defines the reform's goal as to promote a paradigm shift away from traditional approaches involving rote memorization and skill training (drill) toward problem-solving, reasoning and communication as the basis of deeper conceptual understanding. Despite significant efforts in reform implementation, a tension between the old and new approaches still exists and presents an important issue for mathematics educators. -- This thesis documents narratives of eight mathematics teachers selected from the Eastern School District of St. John's, Newfoundland about how they deal with mathematics reform and what are their accomplishments, shortages and needs. It presents an interpretive qualitative study using in-depth interviews and the constant comparison method of data analysis. -- This study reveals that teachers have a good understanding of the key ideas underlying reform but many still feel uncomfortable and somewhat disarmed when facing numerous challenges and lack of support which might force them to return to traditional practices. The implications of this study for the education system are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10991
Item ID: 10991
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 145-151).
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mathematics teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes; Curriculum change--Newfoundland and Labrador; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary)--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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