Publication Date
Spring 4122023
Document Type
Dissertation
Degree Name
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Department
Education
First Advisor
Lori Sanchez
Second Advisor
Sharese PearsonBush
Third Advisor
Peter D. Ladd
Abstract
Due to the increased expectations for rigorous mathematics instruction demanded by the Common Core Standards, it has become increasingly difficult for elementary teachers who are trained to be generalists to deliver expert instruction in mathematics. This difficulty is compounded by the reality that many elementary teachers selfidentify as disliking math. The purpose of this qualitative, interpretive phenomenological study was to explore, investigate, and interpret the lived experiences and perceptions of selfcontained elementary teachers who describe themselves as disliking mathematics. The central research question answered by this study is: What are the lived experiences and perceptions of selfcontained elementary teachers who dislike mathematics? The following subquestions were also addressed:

How have selfcontained elementary teachers who dislike mathematics experienced mathematics?

How have selfcontained elementary teachers who dislike mathematics experienced reformbased approaches for teaching mathematics?

How do selfcontained elementary teachers who dislike mathematics perceive their own identity as mathematics teachers?
Data was collected via semistructured interviews with nine participants and was viewed through the lens of mathematics teacher identity in the context of mathematics education reform. Five distinct patterns of experience emerged and were mapped together to create a continuum of avoiding, surviving, coping, emerging, and thriving with reformbased mathematics teaching. The results of this study indicate that the mathematics teacher identity of selfcontained elementary teachers who dislike mathematics affects both their willingness and their ability to implement reformbased mathematics teaching.
Comment
Ed.D. Dissertation
Recommended Citation
Bixby, Melinda J., "Math Teachers Who Don’t Like Math: A Phenomenological Study Of Elementary Teachers Who Dislike Mathematics Viewed Through The Lens Of Mathematics Teacher Identity In The Context Of Mathematics Education Reform" (2023). Doctor of Education Program Dissertations. 7.
https://dune.une.edu/edu_diss/7