Article

The cultural dimensions of prospective mathematics teachers’ beliefs: Insights from Cyprus and England

Citation

Xenofontos C (2014) The cultural dimensions of prospective mathematics teachers’ beliefs: Insights from Cyprus and England. Preschool and Primary Education, 2 (1), pp. 3-16. https://doi.org/10.12681/ppej.85

Abstract
Based on the idea that mathematics education is, in general, culturally located, this paper discusses the cultural dimensions of prospective elementary teachers’ beliefs in Cyprus and England, and how these relate to the general educational culture of the two countries. Two volunteer groups (twelve students from each country) from a notable university in each country accepted an open invitation for participation and were qualitatively interviewed. This paper discusses two common sub-themes that emerged under the general theme, Explicit Pedagogic Practice, and takes into close consideration students’ beliefs about the use of teaching resources and group work. The findings suggest that the beliefs held by each cohort are framed by the culturaleducational rhetoric of its respective country. In the conclusion of the paper, some implications about teacher education are discussed.

Keywords
Culture; mathematics; prospective teachers’ beliefs; teacher education

Journal
Preschool and Primary Education: Volume 2, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2014
Date accepted by journal31/01/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26889
PublisherDepartment of Preschool Education, University of Crete
ISSN2241-7206