Developing a Mathematics Instructional Practice Survey: Considerations and Evidence

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As mathematics teacher educators, it is imperative that we have high-quality tools that conceptualize and operationalize mathematics instruction for large-scale examination. We first describe existing instructional practice survey scales, including their conceptualization of practice and related validity evidence. We then present the framework and initial validity evidence for our mathematics instructional practice survey. Survey participants were inservice teachers in a statewide mandated mathematics professional development course. Statistical analyses indicate the items measure two constructs: social-constructivist and transmission-based instructional practice. Of particular interest is the result that these two constructs were negligibly correlated. This is in contrast to the generally accepted notion that social-constructivist and transmission-based instructional practices are the two polar ends of a single construct for describing instructional practice.

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* This manuscript was edited by Margaret Smith, editor of the MTE at the time the manuscript was initially submitted.

Michele B. Carney, PhD, 1910 University Drive, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-1745; michelecarney@boisestate.edu

Jonathan L. Brendefur, PhD, 1910 University Drive, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-1745; jonathanbrendefur@boisestate.edu

Gwyneth R. Hughes, 1910 University Drive, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-1745; gwynethhughes@boisestate.edu

Keith Thiede, 1910 University Drive, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-1745; keiththiede@boisestate.edu

(Corresponding author is Carney michelecarney@boisestate.edu)(Corresponding author is Brendefur jonathanbrendefur@boisestate.edu)(Corresponding author is Hughes gwynethhughes@boisestate.edu)(Corresponding author is Thiede keiththiede@boisestate.edu)
Mathematics Teacher Educator

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