Math teachers who don't like math : a narrative inquiry into the mathematics experience of early childhood and elementary educators who dislike mathematics

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dc.contributor.advisor Bradley-Levine, Jill
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Barbara L. (Barbara Loreen), 1962-
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-18T19:12:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-18T19:12:04Z
dc.date.issued 2018-07-21
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/201249
dc.description Access to thesis permanently restricted to Ball State community only. en_US
dc.description.abstract Although early childhood and elementary educators teach mathematics to children, many of them possess negative attitudes and beliefs about mathematics such as math anxiety and low mathematics self-concept. Understanding how those attitudes and beliefs developed is critical in order to effect change. This study explored the mathematics experience of 11 current and future early childhood and elementary teachers who disliked mathematics. Interview data was analyzed using both narrative and thematic approaches, and findings from both approaches were interpreted collectively through the lens of Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory of human development. Results indicate that negative experiences with teachers, prolonged comparisons with peers, and a sense of failure led to the development of a negative mathematics identity. Encouragement from a caring teacher, usually during college, resulted in most participants beginning to change their mathematics identity in a positive direction. In contrast to the effective process of developing a mathematics identity, a lack of regular interactions with mathematics over time may explain underdeveloped mathematical understandings. Results of this study have implications for all teachers of mathematics as well as for those who set policies in mathematics education. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics.
dc.subject.lcsh Early childhood teachers -- Attitudes.
dc.subject.lcsh Elementary school teachers -- Attitudes.
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics -- Study and teaching.
dc.title Math teachers who don't like math : a narrative inquiry into the mathematics experience of early childhood and elementary educators who dislike mathematics en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US


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