The impact of mathematics teaching efficacy on teachers’ pedagogical practices

Naomi Ingram*, Mustafa Asil, David Berg

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Abstract

This study explores the pedagogical practices of 167 Year 4 and 160 Year 8 New Zealand mathematics teachers who have different levels of mathematics teaching efficacy. Using data from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement 2013, the teacher questionnaire items believed to be the indicators of mathematics teaching efficacy were selected, represented by six items such as “I feel confident about teaching maths”. Then, low, mid, and high efficacious teachers were identified and compared to see how they differed with respect to their teaching profile and the frequency they used effective pedagogies when teaching mathematics (italicised below) (Anthony & Walshaw, 2007). Twenty eight percent of Year 4 and 41% of Year 8 teachers had high mathematics teaching efficacy. Compared with the other teachers, teachers with high mathematics teaching efficacy were better able to provide an ethic of care in their classroom, they more frequently arranged their classrooms for learning to enable students to collaborate, and more frequently expected their students to communicate their thinking and debate ideas with others. They more frequently provided students with worthwhile mathematical tasks, they more frequently provided opportunities for their students to build on their own thinking, and to explore how new learning linked to or changed what they already knew. They more frequently expected their students to make mathematical connections by reflecting on their learning, to use multiple representations, and use ideas and skills from different curriculum areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages185
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event17th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction
: Education in the Crossroads of Economy and Politics
- University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 27 Aug 20172 Sept 2017
https://ssl.earli.org/EARLI-2017

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Conference17th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityTampere
Period27/08/172/09/17
OtherEuropean Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
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