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A COMPARISON OF TEACHER PERCEPTIONS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEXTBOOKS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

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2014
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This study was a qualitative research study dedicated to the deep investigation of a regular and advanced seventh grade mathematics textbook used in Florida and the United Kingdom. A questionnaire was created for a teacher in both locations, along with the researcher, to rate the textbooks according to different characteristics. The two research questions that were answered through the research include: 1. In what ways, if any, is diversity represented in the pages of each seventh grade mathematics textbooks examined? a. In what ways is the diversity of each textbook comparable to the observed diversity of the country in which it is used? 2. How do the seventh grade mathematics textbooks in the United States and the United Kingdom compare with aspects of appearance, readability, illustrations, content, the teacher's guide/resources, and EL accommodations? These research questions were answered through the questionnaire, follow up interview, as well as the observed environment. The conclusion to the research was that although these textbooks are from two different countries, they have qualities each teacher liked and disliked. When I completed the questionnaire I was only able to rate the textbooks according to visual perspectives, while the teachers in each location were able to base their ratings on tangible classroom experiences. To further my research, I would enjoy being able to teach for a year in each location and then complete the questionnaire again to compare the differences between my first time completing it and the second time.
Title: A COMPARISON OF TEACHER PERCEPTIONS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEXTBOOKS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.
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Name(s): Clonts, Porscha, Author
Andreasen, Janet, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study was a qualitative research study dedicated to the deep investigation of a regular and advanced seventh grade mathematics textbook used in Florida and the United Kingdom. A questionnaire was created for a teacher in both locations, along with the researcher, to rate the textbooks according to different characteristics. The two research questions that were answered through the research include: 1. In what ways, if any, is diversity represented in the pages of each seventh grade mathematics textbooks examined? a. In what ways is the diversity of each textbook comparable to the observed diversity of the country in which it is used? 2. How do the seventh grade mathematics textbooks in the United States and the United Kingdom compare with aspects of appearance, readability, illustrations, content, the teacher's guide/resources, and EL accommodations? These research questions were answered through the questionnaire, follow up interview, as well as the observed environment. The conclusion to the research was that although these textbooks are from two different countries, they have qualities each teacher liked and disliked. When I completed the questionnaire I was only able to rate the textbooks according to visual perspectives, while the teachers in each location were able to base their ratings on tangible classroom experiences. To further my research, I would enjoy being able to teach for a year in each location and then complete the questionnaire again to compare the differences between my first time completing it and the second time.
Identifier: CFH0004684 (IID), ucf:45249 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-12-01
B.S.
Education, Office of Undergraduate Studies
Bachelors
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Subject(s): mathematics
textbooks
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH0004684
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Host Institution: UCF

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