Researching potentials for change: the case of the KappAbel competition

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Researching potentials for change: the case of the KappAbel competition
Author(s) Wedege, Tine ; Skott, Jeppe
Date 2007
English abstract
This paper reports on the design and methodology of an ongoing study in belief re-search. The study addresses the question of the potential and perceived influence of the KappAbel competition on the mathematical attitudes and practices of the partici-pating teachers and students. We shall outline our main methodological considera-tions and also discuss, and to some extent challenge, what we consider dominant ap-proaches to research on teachers'beliefs. We address three interconnected methodo-logical difficulties: (1) the problem of not using conceptual frameworks that are well grounded empirically; (2) the question of overemphasising teachers' views of mathematics for their educational decision making; (3) the problem that no terminol-ogy carries unequivocal meanings and more than an indication of agreement or dis-agreement with the rhetoric of reform is needed to outline teachers' and students' school mathematical priorities.
Publisher Tapir Academic Press
Host/Issue Relating Practice and Research in Mathematics Education. Procedings of NORMA05, Fourth Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education
ISBN 978-82-519-2212-8
Pages 455-468
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) views of mathematics
change
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::MATHEMATICS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/4971 (link to this page)

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