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The Mathematics Teacher’s Beliefs about Mathematics Knowledge and Its Teaching: A Case Study

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The aim of this study is to present the insights of the mathematics teachers beliefs’ on mathematical knowledge, and its teaching and learning. The case study method is used in this study. tThe study pursued along with the participation of one secondary mathematics teacher in the fall semester of 2007-2008 instruction year in Trabzon providence. The interviews realized during approximately 45 minutes with the interwiewee for the four times. In the interviews, three data collection forms were used as the data collection tool. These are: a) Semi-structured interview form, b) Hypothetical situations called “episodes” as a means to initiate responses from the informant, c) Documents that are including pictures reflecting different classroom settings and about the nature of mathematical knowledge. By using Magolda’s Epistemological Reflection Model, the data obtained were analyzed descriptively in a qualitative manner. Besides holding some strict beliefs on nature of mathematical knowledge, evaluation, and mathematical teaching, participant have some flexible beliefs about mathematics and its teaching,in addition, it was concluded that participant open to some new perceptions. However, we believe that by conducting similar studies with larger samples it might be possible to contribute to teacher training researches in our country.



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