Relations between Educational Constructs of Elementary School Geometry Teachers

By Otman Jaber and Wajeeh Daher.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Thirty two elementary school geometry teachers who teach grades three to five and twenty elementary school geometry teachers who teach grades one and two were interviewed for 30-45 minutes each, about their conceptions of geometry, their conception of the need to teach geometry in the elementary school, their teaching methods, what they think about the success or failure of their teaching methods and what geometric skills they think are necessary for the elementary school students. We analyzed the teachers’ interviews using the grounded theory approach looking at relations between the different educational constructs of the elementary school teachers regarding geometry. We found that the relations between any two of the educational constructs had two directions; which means that the overall relation was mutual. Furthermore, the relations between any two educational constructs were not one-to-one but multi value mappings, for example opposite conceptions of geometry led sometimes to the same teaching method. The article describes the different relation among the various educational constructs regarding geometry and discusses them.

Keywords: Elementary School Teachers, Conceptions of Geometry, Teaching Methods, Geometric Skills, Need to Teach Geometry, Relations between Conceptions and Teaching Methods

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp.371-392. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 708.309KB).

Otman Jaber

Mathematics Center Coordinator, Mathematics Department, Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, Taiba, Israel

Otman Jaber has M.A. in mathematics. He is a lecturer of mathematics and a pedagogic coacher in Al-Qasemi College of Education, and is the math center coordinator there. Otman Jaber is interested in mathematics teaching research and in teacher education research.

Dr. Wajeeh Daher

Head of Mathematics Department, Department of Mathematics, An-Najah National University, Palestine, Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, Nazareth, Israel

Dr. Wajeeh Daher has academic degrees in mathematics, mathematics education, technological education, economics and accounting. His Ph.D. is in in the field of web based mathematics education.His interests vary from scientific zones to Literature. His research interests include distance learning, alternative methods to teach mathematics, technology in mathematics education, and teachers’ education. He wrote articles that probe the using of technology in the mathematics classroom, the using of history in the mathematics classroom and the using of literature and language. He practiced and researched distance learning. Nowadays He participates with another colleague in introducing the cellular phone into the middle school mathematics classroom and in finding the influence of this introduction on students learning teachers' teaching methods and strategies. Dr. Wajeeh Daher believes in life-long learning as well as in life long self renewing. Self renewing can be done through adapting new technologies and media in our learning and everyday practices.


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