Improving Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Mathematics Teaching: Model-Centered Learning and Open-Source Learning Technology

ID: 33185 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Lingguo Bu, Frackson Mumba, Harvey Henson, and Mary Wright, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States

Tuesday, March 8 5:15-5:35 PM Location: Kingsley

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Abstract: Mathematical modeling was implemented in a professional development course for K-8 inservice teachers using dynamic open-source learning technology. Twenty-seven participants took the hybrid graduate course on problems solving. Data collected from pre- and post-surveys show significant improvements in teachers’ attitudes toward “doing mathematics,” “teaching mathematics,” and “confidence in teaching mathematics.” This study shows that a model-based approach combined with emerging open-source technologies has the potential for providing meaningful mathematical experience to inservice teachers and thereby changing their attitudes toward mathematics and mathematics teaching.

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