Abstract/Details

How the emphasis of models, themes, and concepts in professional development changed elementary teachers' mathematics teaching and learning


2008 2008

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

Three elementary teachers made changes in their mathematics teaching by learning more mathematics content knowledge designed for mathematics teachers, and by adopting professional development teaching roles. Recent professional development programs have demonstrated that elementary teachers need content knowledge for teaching. By learning more mathematics with clear definitions, concept interconnections, and multiple models and themes for teaching mathematical concepts, the teachers improved their understanding of mathematics and changed their teaching behaviors in the classroom.

This seven month study examined the three teachers during their professional development experience in the Massachusetts Mathematics Institute. Data collection included pre/post tests, an assignment designed for teachers to test out new content knowledge in their classrooms, written evaluations, interviews, and classroom observations. The pattern analysis is presented as case studies of three elementary mathematics teachers. Results indicated that specially designed content knowledge for teachers changed mathematics teaching and learning in the classroom.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mathematics education;
Elementary education;
Models;
Professional development;
Elementary school teachers;
Teaching;
Learning
Classification
0280: Mathematics education
0524: Elementary education
Identifier / keyword
Education, Elementary teachers, Learning, Mathematics concepts, models and themes, Mathematics teaching, Professional development
Title
How the emphasis of models, themes, and concepts in professional development changed elementary teachers' mathematics teaching and learning
Author
Allen, Janet Ginkus
Number of pages
372
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549790686
Advisor
Davis, Kathleen
Committee member
Clement, John; Hajir, Farshid
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325307
ProQuest document ID
304567792
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304567792
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.