Australian teachers' views of effective mathematics teaching and learning

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Abstract

Thirteen Australian teachers who had been nominated by their professional mathematics teachers’ associations as excellent teachers of elementary school mathematics were interviewed on their beliefs about mathematics, mathematics learning and mathematics teaching. In particular, they were asked to discuss the characteristics of effective teachers of mathematics and excellent mathematics lessons. In spite of their differences in location, experience and teacher education, the teachers displayed a lot of consistency in their responses and in their lists of characteristics. While this group of teachers cannot be claimed to be representative of Australian teachers, they have provided a snapshot of what is regarded as effectiveness in mathematics education in Australian elementary schools. 1
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-286
Number of pages16
JournalZDM - International Journal on Mathematics Education
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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