How does the implementation of Math in Focus affect the way teachers make decisions about teaching methods?
Southern New Hampshire University
This study addressed the question, how the implementation of Math in Focus affects the way teachers make decisions about their teaching methods. For this qualitative study, I conducted interviews with four New Hampshire middle school math teachers who had recently begun using a new mathematics program in their classrooms. Math in Focus is a Singapore curriculum that is based on the Common Core State Standards, which have been recently adopted by New Hampshire schools. Using open coding and themes, I found three overlying conclusions from my data analysis. The factors affecting teacher’s methods the most were: the type of classroom design, the depth of gaps to be filled in students’ background knowledge, and the teacher’s years of classroom experience. I was able to conclude that a new program will change teaching methods, but there are other factors influencing their teaching practices, such as standards changes and types of learners. (Author abstract)