Pre-service elementary mathematics teachers’ self-regulated learning strategies within the context of their teaching practices

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2011
Kurt, Gönül
The current study seeks to investigate pre-service elementary mathematics teachers’ (PEMTs’) self-regulated learning (SRL) strategies within the context of their teaching practices in the field work. It was aimed to explore the SRL processes and strategies of four PEMTs while preparing mathematics lessons at their practice schools. In addition to PEMTs’ SRL strategies, the changes and adaptations through their teaching practices and reasons of those changes were also examined in the study. In total 22 pre-interviews and 22 post-interviews were made through the study. Observations were also performed for each teaching practice. Besides observations, PEMTs’ end of semester reflection papers in the context of Teaching Practice course were examined in the study. In addition to those multiple data sources, initial interviews representing detailed information about the participants were also analyzed. The overall data were analyzed by using the SRL framework combined and adapted from Zimmerman’s and Pintrich’s SRL models. The findings of the pre-interviews revealed that PEMTs began with a ‘lesson planning process’ reflecting the forethought phase. This phase included searching resources, arranging and organizing the available sources, asking for help and feedback when needed, mental planning of the lesson, and setting goals for the teaching session. These strategies were considered as cognitive self-regulation strategies. In addition to cognitive SRL strategies, motivational factors such as self-efficacy, perception of task, and intrinsic interest were appeared in the study. Post-interviews reflecting the self-reflection phase revealed that PEMTs had a self-evaluation process covering various issues for their teaching sessions as a final step through the study. Finally, it was seen that contextual issues related to teaching practice played a substantial role in PEMTs’ SRL strategies.

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G. Kurt, “Pre-service elementary mathematics teachers’ self-regulated learning strategies within the context of their teaching practices,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2011.