
06389207
j
2015a.00270
MartinezSierra, Gustavo
Good mathematics teaching from Mexican high school students' perspective.
Int. J. Sci. Math. Educ. 12, No. 6, 15471573 (2014).
2014
Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
EN
C74
D44
D34
C64
good mathematics class
good mathematics teacher
good mathematics teaching
high school students
social representations
doi:10.1007/s1076301394802
Summary: This paper reports a qualitative research that identifies the characteristics of good mathematics teaching from the perspective of Mexican high school students. For this purpose, the social representations of a good mathematics teacher and a good mathematics class were identified in a group of 67 students. In order to obtain information, a questionnaire was applied with open questions and focus groups with three or four students were organized. The answers to the questionnaire were analyzed by locating categories that consolidate a specific social representation. The information collected in the focus groups contributed to shedding light on the meaning of the words, phrases, and notions of commonsense knowledge used by the students. The students consider a good teacher to be someone with knowledge and who knows how to transmit the knowledge; someone who provides a stepbystep explanation and does not leave doubts in the minds of the students; someone who is patient/comprehensive and someone who does not make classes tedious/boring; someone who teaches in a simple and fun way, and arouses interest in students. In a good mathematics class, you are not bored, you learn; there are good, varied explanations and lots of exercises and students participations.