
06426577
j
2015c.00097
BeeliZimmermann, Sonja
Beyond questionnaires  exploring adult education teachers' mathematical beliefs with pictures and interviews.
Adults Learn. Math. 9, No. 2, 3553, electronic only (2014).
2014
Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM)
EN
C29
B50
M18
adult education
mathematical beliefs
educational research
pictures
interviews
visual data
verbal data
data triangulation
teacher attitudes
mathematical literacy
adult numeracy
teaching
everyday mathematics
reallife mathematics
history of mathematics
qualitative methods
content analysis
ME 2012a.00202
http://www.almonline.net/images/ALM/journals/almijvolume92november2014.pdf
Summary: Because of the impact that mathematical beliefs have on an individual's behaviour, they are generally well researched. However, little mathematical belief research has taken place in the field of adult education. This paper presents preliminary results from a study conducted in this field in Switzerland. It is based on Ernest's description of mathematics as an instrumental, Platonist or problem solving construct. The analysis uses pictures drawn by the participants and interviews conducted with them as data. Using a categorising scheme developed by {\it K. Rolka} and {\it S. Halverscheid} [ZDM, Int. J. Math. Educ. 43, No. 4, 521533 (2011; ME 2012a.00202)], the author argues that adults' mathematical beliefs are complex and especially personal aspects are difficult to capture with said scheme. Particularly the analysis of visual data requires a more refined method of analysis.