Beyond questionnaires – Exploring adult education teachers' mathematical beliefs with pictures and interviews

Beeli-Zimmermann, Sonja (2014). Beyond questionnaires – Exploring adult education teachers' mathematical beliefs with pictures and interviews. Adults Learning Mathematics - An International Journal, 9(2), pp. 35-53. ALM

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Because of the impact that mathematical beliefs have on an individual’s behaviour, they are generally well researched. However, little mathematical belief research has taken place in the field of adult education. This paper presents preliminary results from a study conducted in this field in Switzerland. It is based on Ernest’s (1989) description of mathematics as an instrumental, Platonist or problem solving construct. The analysis uses pictures drawn by the participants and interviews conducted with them as data. Using a categorising scheme developed by Rolka and Halverscheid (2011), the author argues that adults’ mathematical beliefs are complex and especially personal aspects are difficult to capture with said scheme. Particularly the analysis of visual data requires a more refined method of analysis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Beeli-Zimmermann, Sonja

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

1744-1803

Publisher:

ALM

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sonja Beeli-Zimmermann

Date Deposited:

12 Jan 2015 16:33

Last Modified:

16 Sep 2017 18:31

Uncontrolled Keywords:

adult education teachers, mathematical beliefs, qualitative methods, content analysis

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.61488

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/61488

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