Chapter 5 Profiles of practice: Elementary school teachers' views of their mathematics teaching

Penelope L. Peterson*, Ralph T. Putnam, Jan Vredevoogd, James W. Reineke

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Abstract

In light of changes called for in elementary mathematics teachers' practices, we surveyed 493 elementary teachers in California, Florida, and Michigan about their current goals and activities in teaching mathematics. Cluster analysis of survey responses yielded five clusters of teachers: (a) primary teachers who had students use manipulatives extensively; (b) teachers, most of whom used Math their Way, who had students use manipulatives and discuss problem solving extensively; (c) modal teachers whose profile reflected a softened version of drill-and-practice teachers; (d) drill-and-practice teachers; and (e) teachers in a cluster with three expert teachers, whose profile represented a more moderate version of the manipulative using and problem solving-oriented Cluster B teachers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-488
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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