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The use of a new mathematics text book scheme – Support or impediment

Heirdsfield, Ann M., Warren, Elizabeth, & Dole, Shelley (2008) The use of a new mathematics text book scheme – Support or impediment. In Australian Association for Research in Education. Research impacts: Proving or disproving, 25-29 November 2007, Fremantle, Australia.

Abstract

School mathematics textbooks are used in varying ways and to varying degrees by teachers and schools. The textbook materials of focus in this study were designed in accordance with current curriculum reform principles, advocating a student-centred approach that emphasises conceptual understanding and fostering of students’ thinking and mathematical communication. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a new reform-based mathematics textbooks series on teachers’ classroom practices. Observations were conducted in six primary teachers’ mathematics classrooms as they implemented the new textbook series. The observations were combined with interview data to explore the impact of the textbook upon teachers’ classroom practice. Through combining interview data with classroom observations, this study provided a snapshot of various teachers’ use of new curriculum materials. It was apparent from this study that the materials were used to varying degrees of effectiveness by individual teachers. Results suggested that when the textbook was regarded as a resource, quality pedagogy was enacted. Conversely, if teachers felt challenged by the new reforms evidenced in the textbook they tended to follow the textbook in a prescriptive manner, resulting in teacher-directed pedagogy.

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ID Code: 12152
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: mathematics education, text books
ISSN: 1324-9320
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 AARE
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:50

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