The Nature of the Good and Effective Mathematics Teacher.

Liisa Uusimaki

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Despite the plethora of reforms, teacher education programs worldwide continue to fail to address preservice student teachers' anxieties about mathematics. This has resulted in the continuity of concerning trends, such as, a shortage of qualified mathematics teachers and poor mathematical learning outcomes for students at all levels of schooling with many teachers teaching inadequate mathematics. To affect positive change in our preservice student teachers' perceptions about mathematics, we must first begin by listening to their voices, to create a space where open dialogue is encouraged, where frustrations, hopes and imaginings can be freely discussed. This paper will report on assumptions held by sixteen maths-anxious preservice student teachers about the nature of the good and effective mathematics teacher. The narratives suggested that while mathematics knowledge was important, it was also deemed necessary, and indeed more important to have a love for learning, being curious, and in possession of personal attributes such as creativity, patience and listening skills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen doing Research
EditorsLorna Moxham
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherWomen in Research, Central Queensland University
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)1921047100
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventWomen in Research (WiR) 'Women doing Research' 2005 Conference. - Central Queensland University Gladstone Campus, Australia
Duration: 24 Nov 200525 Nov 2005


ConferenceWomen in Research (WiR) 'Women doing Research' 2005 Conference.

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