Title

Primary teachers' beliefs about the use of mathematics textbooks

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

This paper describes a small-scale investigation of the beliefs teachers hold about student textbooks and the factors that influence their decision to use them in mathematics lessons. Findings suggest that teachers’ decisions to use textbooks in mathematics are influenced by external factors, the teachers’ perceived educational value of textbooks and, the teachers’ personal confidence and competence to teach mathematics. However, there is some evidence to suggest that contrary to previous studies, the 34 Queensland teachers suveyed appear to make less frequent use of textbooks and are more discerning about the manner in which they use textbooks in their classrooms.

School/Institute

School of Education

Document Type

Open Access Conference Paper

Access Rights

Open Access

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