"Changes in Knowledge and Quality of Mathematics Instruction in Novice Elementary Teachers: A Longitudinal Study"
PhD student Jiwon Lee presents to the first spring quarter meeting of the Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice, held Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm, Education Building # 3216.
Title: "Changes in Knowledge and Quality of Mathematics Instruction in Novice Elementary Teachers: A Longitudinal Study"
This study examines the relationship between knowledge and quality of instruction in a sample of beginning elementary school teachers during their first three years of teaching and how their knowledge and quality of instruction change over time. Data are drawn from a larger five-year project that studied teacher preparation longitudinally. The participants completed the CVA, which was used to measure teachers’ knowledge of mathematics teaching (Kersting et al., 2010). Additionally, three mathematics lessons from each year of teaching were videotaped and scored using the Mathematical Quality of Instruction instrument (Hill et al., 2008). At the end of each year, teachers completed interviews that asked them to reflect on their year, whether they had sufficient mathematical knowledge to teach, how prepared they felt about teaching mathematics at their grade level, and what resources or experiences they relied on. Teachers’ lesson reflections provided supplementary information on how teachers’ knowledge was integrated in their practices. A set of correlation analyses of the two measures was completed. The first was done to see the relationship between knowledge prior to the year teachers taught and the quality of instruction during that year. The second was done to see the relationship between knowledge and specific codes related to teacher working with student. Two case study teachers were then selected based on the pattern of their changes in instructional quality and knowledge. In this meeting, Jiwon will be sharing the findings of this study and seeking feedback from the audience.
Center meetings will continue throughout spring quarter on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Education 3216.