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\iteman{ZMATH 2013c.00135}
\itemau{Smith, Wendy M.}
\itemti{Exploring relationships among teacher change and uses of contexts.}
\itemso{Math. Educ. Res. J. 24, No. 3, 301-321 (2012).}
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Summary: The three middle level mathematics teachers in this set of case studies were engaged in a longitudinal professional development program that sought to impact teaching practices through increasing participants' mathematical knowledge for teaching. This study investigates how teachers use the contexts in which their teaching practices are situated. Data collected include multiple classroom observations, videotapes, and interviews. The roles of contextual elements in the three teachers' teaching practices vary greatly, influenced by teachers' knowledge and beliefs. The realities of contexts were less important than how teachers chose to use those contexts. These cases specifically illuminate the complexities in teachers' uses of school structure, professional development, curriculum, testing policies, principal expectations, community expectations, and extra-curricular activities. For the three teachers in this study, the roles of contextual elements in their teaching practices varied greatly; such roles are influenced by teachers' knowledge and beliefs. While much of this analysis is specific to mathematics, some teaching practices transcend mathematics and thus be interesting to a wide audience.
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\itemcc{B50 C70 C49 D30 D40 C50}
\itemut{teacher change; middle level; mathematical knowledge for teaching; teaching practice; uses of context}
\itemli{doi:10.1007/s13394-012-0053-4}
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