Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Department of Mathematics
Albert Borgmann, Jon Graham, James Hirstein, Ke Norman
Beliefs, Elementary Teacher Education, Mathematics
University of Montana
This study sought to determine the relationship between participation in informal mathematics activities and the formal-to-informal beliefs of university teacher candidates in elementary education. Three classes of preservice teachers participated in the study through their enrollment in a content mathematics course for elementary education majors. Four informal mathematics activities were employed as part of the course requirements. Pre and post formal-to-informal beliefs about mathematics and mathematics instruction were measured using a Likert-scale beliefs assessment instrument used by Collier (1972) and Seaman et al. (2005). Changes in beliefs about mathematics and mathematics instruction were compared to a control group. Student reflection upon personal experience derived from participation in the activities was analyzed for formal and informal belief statements.
Roscoe, Matt B., "INFORMAL MATHEMATICS ACTIVITIES AND THE BELIEFS OF ELEMENTARY TEACHER CANDIDATES" (2011). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 578.
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