Fra beliefs til pattern of participation - at skrifte forskningsperspektiv på lærerne

Jeppe Skott, Dorte Moeskær Larsen, Camilla Hellsten Østergaard

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Belief research was introduced to mathematics education in the early 1980s. It challenged the primarily cognitive and mathematical agenda of the time by investigating the character and significance of mental meta-constructs called beliefs. Particular attention has ever since been paid to teachers’ beliefs and their role in instruction.
Belief research has been troubled by conceptual and methodological problems since its early beginnings, and most of these are still unresolved. This indicates that it may be time to adopt a different perspective, if we are to understand the role of the teacher for the practices of the mathematics classroom.
Elsewhere we have discussed the problems of belief research at some length and suggested an alternative that we call patterns-of-participation research (e.g. Skott, 2009, 2010). In the present article we briefly recapitulate some of the arguments underlying this suggestion, but our main interest is to use the patterns-of-participation approach for empirical purposes. Consequently the article consists of two main sections. First we summarise some of the problems of belief research and present the contours of our alternative, patterns-of-participation research. Second, we in a much longer section present and analyse data on the case of a teacher, Susanne, whom we follow prior to and after her graduation from college. The overall intention is to suggest a change of research perspective from beliefs to patterns of participation.
TidsskriftNOMAD nordic studies in mathematics education
Udgave nummer1-2
Sider (fra-til)29-55
Antal sider27
StatusUdgivet - 2011
Udgivet eksterntJa