Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Schmidt, Jennifer A. (Jennifer Anne)

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations

LCSH

Educational psychology||Education||Elementary school teachers--Attitudes--Research||Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary)--Research||Master of education degree--Research||Elementary school teachers--Training of--Research

Abstract

The present study sought to explore the sources of elementary teachers' mathematics teaching self-efficacy beliefs. Through the use of Seidman's in-depth interviewing protocol, four teachers with master's degrees in reading education and four teachers with master's degrees in mathematics education described their perceived sources of self-efficacy, including their experiences as students and teachers. The first research question addressed the three areas of mathematics teaching self-efficacy: content knowledge, instructional methods, and assessment techniques. The second research question examined whether there were differences in the perceived sources of self-efficacy based on the participants' degrees. Data were analyzed using descriptive coding and focused coding.;Sources of the teachers' self-efficacy beliefs included mastery experiences such as early learning experiences and teaching experiences. Sources of verbal persuasion included family members, peers, elementary teachers, colleagues, and college professors. Sources of vicarious experiences included peers in elementary school, college professors, and master's degree classmates. There were also sources of physiological state such as the participants' affect toward mathematics in elementary and secondary school. The most salient source of mathematics teaching self-efficacy that emerged for content knowledge was physiological affect, for instructional methods was verbal persuasion, and for assessment techniques was mastery experience. Implications for parents, teachers, professors, and school district leaders are explored.

Comments

Advisors: Jennifer A. Schmidt.||Committee members: Stephen Tonks; Elizabeth Wilkins.

Extent

225 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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