High School Mathematics Teachers’ Beliefs About Assessment in Mathematics and the Connections to Their Mathematical Beliefs

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This qualitative research addresses the gap of studying the relationship between beliefs about assessment in mathematics and mathematics beliefs by identifying the (espoused) beliefs about assessment and their connections with the mathematical beliefs of 18 high school Mexican out-of-field mathematics teachers (i.e. teachers without formal training for teaching mathematics). Thematic analysis was used to analyze data gathered through semi-structured interviews. Results revealed that teachers’ beliefs are organized in different clusters that connect their beliefs about mathematics and assessment in mathematics. Some specific mathematical beliefs and beliefs on assessment played a central role on the construction of these clusters (e.g. ‘mathematics is for applications’). There are two complementary reasons for the existence of these beliefs: the daily context of the participants and their condition of being out-the-field teachers with vocational training as engineers.

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Martínez-Sierra, G., García-García, J., Valle-Zequeida, M. et al. High School Mathematics Teachers’ Beliefs About Assessment in Mathematics and the Connections to Their Mathematical Beliefs. Int J of Sci and Math Educ 18, 485–507 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-019-09967-2

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Keywords

  • Assessment in mathematics
  • Mathematical beliefs
  • Teacher beliefs
  • Teachers’ beliefs about assessment in mathematics
  • Thematic analysis