Understanding teachers' resistance to the curricular inclusion of alternative algorithms
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Citation of Original PublicationGroth, R.E. (2007). Understanding teachers' resistance to the curricular inclusion of alternative algorithms. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 19(1), 3-28.
This study focuses on a group of practitioners from a school district that adopted reform-oriented curriculum materials but later rejected them, partially due to the inclusion of alternative algorithms in the materials. Metaphors implicit in a conversation among the group were analysed to illuminate their perspectives on instructional issues surrounding alternative algorithms. Several possible sources of resistance to folding alternative algorithms into instruction were found, including the ideas that: successful learning does not involve struggling with mathematics, the teacher’s role in the classroom is primarily to present information, and that mathematics learning progresses according to a fixed sequence of levels.