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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bowen, Erik William
Author's Email Address ebowen@usn.org
URN etd-12052007-113824
Title Accouting for agency in teaching mathematics: understanding teachers’ use of reform curriculum
Degree Master of Science
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kay McClain Committee Chair
Leona Schauble Committee Co-Chair
Keywords
  • agency
  • instructional reality
  • reform curriculum
  • pedagogical support
Date of Defense 2006-08-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
TEACHING AND LEARNING

ACCOUTING FOR AGENCY IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS:

UNDERSTANDING TEACHERS’ USE OF

REFORM CURRICULUM

ERIK WILLIAM BOWEN

Thesis under the direction of Professor Kay McClain

This study provides analysis of modified teaching sets conducted with three fifth-grade mathematics teachers. The teaching sets were designed to provide information on teachers’ current instructional practice in mathematics. Specifically, the role that reform curriculum plays in supporting teachers’ reconceptualization of their practice is analyzed. A major finding is that the reform curriculum teachers implemented became the only resource for instruction. Student reasoning was essentially a peripheral feature to their online classroom instruction, even though the teachers believed it to be central. This finding suggests that the common practice of codifying professional development and rapidly making it the responsibility of other teachers (the “trainer of trainers” models) may not be a viable model for spreading reform without distorting it.

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