The use of action research for the professionalisation of beginning women teachers as they learn about inclusive mathematics

Atweh, Bill & Heirdsfield, Ann M. (2003) The use of action research for the professionalisation of beginning women teachers as they learn about inclusive mathematics. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 5, pp. 53-65.


This paper reports on a project that aimed to assist the induction of three women teachers into the practice of mathematics teaching. In their first year of teaching the three teachers were located in schools at great distances from the normal support structures for the teachers. Further, the schools consisted of student populations with wide diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, not familiar to the teachers. The project had the following characteristics: Firstly, it employed the formation of an action research network. Secondly, it targeted the concern of the teachers on how to make mathematics more inclusive for children from a variety of backgrounds. Thirdly, it bridged the divide in jurisdiction between the responsibility of the university for preservice training and the responsibility of the school and the employment departments for induction and inservice professional learning. This paper discusses the procedures adopted in the project and the outcomes in teachers’ learning and professionalisation.

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ID Code: 1144
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: teacher professional development, beginning teachers, novice teachers, mathematics teaching, action research, professional development, induction programs, first year teachers, Bill Atweh, mathematics education, women teachers, professionalisation of teachers, inclusive education
ISSN: 1442-3901
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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