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

  1. Lingguo Bu, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  2. Frackson Mumba, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  3. Harvey Henson, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  4. Mary Wright, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
Tuesday, March 8 5:15-5:35 PM Kingsley

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.