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Fijian secondary mathematics teachers' beliefs about the nature of mathematics and their self - reported teaching teaching practices

Dayal, Hem and Lingam, Govinda I. (2020) Fijian secondary mathematics teachers' beliefs about the nature of mathematics and their self - reported teaching teaching practices. In: Leadership, Community Partnerships and Schools in the Pacific Islands: Implications for Quality Education. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 77-90. ISBN 978-981-15-6482-6

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Abstract

Research suggests that the way teachers teach their subject relates closely to their beliefs about that subject. Testing the applicability of this assertion in the Fiji context, this study investigates twenty Fijian secondary mathematics teachers’ beliefs about the nature of mathematics and their preferred ways of teaching the subject. Using semi-structured interviews with twenty (20) Fijian secondary mathematics teachers, the study explores their beliefs about mathematics. They were also asked to describe their customary methods for teaching the subject. The majority of teachers were found to hold absolutist views about mathematics and prefer the use of the traditional teacher-directed type of teaching buttressed by many practice examples. They are of the view that completing the syllabus and getting students ready for the examinations is of prime importance. By providing insight into the teachers’ beliefs about the subject and their preferred ways of teaching it, this study opens the way for serious discussion about ways of improving the teaching and learning of mathematics and developing a better understanding of its potential value in people’s lives.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6483-3_7
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2020 10:37
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2020 10:37
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12358
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