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Principals’ perceptions and expectations of Primary Teachers with a specialisation in mathematics


McMaster, H and Way, J and Bobis, J and Beswick, K, Principals' perceptions and expectations of Primary Teachers with a specialisation in mathematics, Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 1-5 July 2018, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 551-558. ISBN 978-1-920846-28-2 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This study explored the perspectives of primary principals, as they consider the prospect of employing new teachers with a ‘specialisation’ in mathematics. Structured interviews were conducted with six NSW principals across school sectors. Analysis of the data revealed the nature of ‘specialist’ roles in a school depended heavily on current funding arrangements and the levels of existing expertise. The traits that principals wanted new specialists to have formed three strong themes: knowledge for teaching mathematics, personal attributes, and relationships with others – with leadership qualities anticipated across all three. We raise questions about the preparation of graduates to meet the expectations of schools.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:principals, STEM, mathematics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
ID Code:128083
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-09-01
Last Modified:2019-10-23
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