Mathematics teachers' professional development opportunities in the curriculum reform in China

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Author: Han, Xue; Wang, Hequn

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This study examined the professional development opportunities that about 80 mathematics teachers of junior high schools were provided with in the national curriculum reform of China and explored how their beliefs in mathematics instruction and instructional practice were affected by the professional development opportunities available to them. A questionnaire was administered to collect data. The results showed that the length of time the participants spent on attending school-based learning activities had a significant effect on their attitudes toward the effectiveness of the professional development and on their instructional practice. The content of the training programs that focused on studying textbooks and observing and reflecting upon model lessons was highly correlated to the implementation of conventional mathematics instruction. Another factor that related to the implementation of conventional mathematics instruction was the collegial support the teachers received at their schools.

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This study examined the professional development opportunities that about 80 mathematics teachers of junior high schools were provided with in the national curriculum reform of China and explored how their beliefs in mathematics instruction and instructional practice were affected by the professional development opportunities available to them. A questionnaire was administered to collect data. The results showed that the length of time the participants spent on attending school-based learning activities had a significant effect on their attitudes toward the effectiveness of the ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Providers of education and training; Research; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Professional development; Teachers; Work based learning; Attitude

Geographic subjects: China; Asia

Published: Oxford, England: Symposium Journals, 2010

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Journal title: Research in comparative and international education

Journal volume : 5

Journal number: 4

Journal date: 2010

Pages: pp. 421-433

ISSN: 1745-4999

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.283



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