Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

South Dakota Middle School Mathematics Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching Competencies
by Bleecker, Heather A., Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2017, 207; 10599451
Abstract (Summary)

This quantitative research study investigates South Dakota middle school (grades 5-8) mathematics teachers’ perceptions of teaching competencies including general pedagogical knowledge (GPK) and mathematical pedagogical content knowledge (MPCK). The study also considered how teacher characteristics relate to teacher competencies. The study examined middle school teacher perceptions because of the importance of the mathematics concepts being taught. Teacher participants completed a voluntary 50 question electronic survey within a three-week time period. Data analysis findings include descriptive and inferential statistics on GPK, MPCK, professional development, and teacher characteristics. Respondents perceived maintaining a safe and respectful classroom to be the most important item for GPK. Respondents perceived having an adequate knowledge of mathematics to be the most important item for MPCK. Overall, GPK was perceived as more important than MPCK regardless of teacher characteristics studied. Respondents perceived professional development in the area of mathematics and mathematics education to be most important to middle school mathematics teachers. However, respondents reported that professional development was rarely provided to teachers with the exception of self-directed learning. The aim of this study was to provide current and future middle school mathematics teachers and their evaluators with a summary of how the importance of pedagogical knowledge can inform mathematics teacher practice, evaluation, and professional development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reins, Kevin
Commitee: Campoli, Ayana, Mourlam, Daniel, Strouse, Gabrielle
School: University of South Dakota
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
School Location: United States -- South Dakota
Source: DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics education, Mathematics, Middle School education, Pedagogy
Keywords: General pedagogical knowledge, Mathematical knowledge for teaching, Mathematical pedagogical content knowledge, Middle school mathematics, South Dakota, Teaching competency
Publication Number: 10599451
ISBN: 9780355069846