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Teacher Perception of the Impact of Mathematics Instructional Coaching
by Reece, Kami L., Ph.D., Regent University, 2021, 118; 28320838
Abstract (Summary)

Mathematics education has experienced numerous reforms, including New Math of the 1960s, Back-to-Basics Math of the 1970s, and Standards-Based Math of the 1980s (Herrera & Owens, 2001; Osborne & Crosswhite, 1970). After the nationwide implementation of standards throughout the 1990s (Knight, 2007), Virginia developed high-stakes testing at all grade levels. One response to this increased testing was the development of mathematics instructional coaches (MICs) who have various roles within the school. To determine which roles teachers perceive are the most impactful on instruction—relationship, curriculum, or pedagogy—a standard multiple regression was conducted on the data gathered with the Teacher Perspective and Impact Survey. Convenience sampling of 200 K-12 math teachers in one rural county in southwest Virginia yielded a 15.5% (n = 31) response rate. Results indicated all three independent variables were statistically significant at p < .01. Curriculum (r = .78, p < .01) and pedagogy (r = .73, p < .01) had a high correlation with teacher perception of impact, while relationship (r = .50, p < .01) was quite lower. The linear combination of the independent variables accounted for 64% of the variation (adjusted R2 = .64) in teacher perception of impact. The model was statistically significant, F(3, 27) = 18.64, p < .01; therefore, the null hypothesis was rejected. The resultant unstandardized regression equation for predicting teacher perception of MIC impact on instruction, including all three unstandardized coefficients, w Y’ = 1.26x1 + 1.01x2 + .65x3 - 48.26, where Y’ = predicted teacher perception of MIC impact on instruction, x1 = knowledge of curriculum resources, x2 = facilitator of pedagogy, and x3 = professional relationships with teachers. The MIC roles of curriculum (B = .49, p < .01) and pedagogy (B = .35, p = .04) were found to significantly impact teacher perception of MIC impact on instruction. Interestingly, while Kowal and Steiner (2007) espoused interpersonal capabilities (relationship) higher in importance, this study found it not statistically significant (B = .09, p = .52). While this study has limited generalizability, several implications for administrators, MICs, and teachers emerged.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grooms, Linda D.
Commitee: Hanes, John C., Simmons, Tera D., Kreassig, Kurt
School: Regent University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics education, Educational leadership, Education
Keywords: Pedagogy, Mathematics Instructional Coaching, Virginia
Publication Number: 28320838
ISBN: 9798582572480
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