Mathematics teachers: Negotiating professional and discipline identities

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Title Mathematics teachers: Negotiating professional and discipline identities
Author Grootenboer, Peter John; Ballantyne, Julie
Publication Title Shaping the future of mathematics education: Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Editor L. Sparrow, B. Kissane, & C. Hurst
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Fremantle, WA
Publisher MERGA
Abstract Central to all students' school education is the teacher (Boaler & Greeno, 2001; Hayes, Mills, Christie & Lingard, 2006; Zammit, et al., 2007). There are a multitude of research studies that document and support successful teaching practice, but rarely have these studies investigated teacher qualities that go beyond the question of technique (incorporating strategies and approaches used in the classroom). Yet, good teaching goes beyond 'good technique' (Palmer, 1993) – if it were mere technique then it should be well understood by now. Palmer argues that teachers teach from their sense of self – their identity. In the classroom, that identity primarily consists of the way they see themselves as a pedagogue and how they see themselves in relation to their discipline – in this case, as a mathematician. This study focused on the teacher themselves – their identity – and in particular how their teaching practice is conceptualised through their discipline-based, and professionally-based identities (Ballantyne, 2005). The findings here are somewhat preliminary and require further investigation and theorising. To this end we offer some of the initial findings and our early thoughts about the data, but these are tentatively held and hopefully they will promote discussion and debate.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 MERGA. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
ISBN 978-1-920846-25-1
Conference name Shaping the future of mathematics education (MERGA 33)
Location Fremantle, WA
Date From 2010-07-03
Date To 2010-07-07
Date Accessioned 2011-01-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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