“Better to be a pessimist”: A narrative inquiry into mathematics teachers’ experience of the transition to the Common Core

Sherri L. Martinie, Jeong Hee Kim, Deborah Abernathy

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Abstract

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a focus of state education policy today influencing curriculum implementation and assessment in public schools. The purpose of this narrative inquiry is to understand how high school mathematics teachers experience the transition period. Based on interviews with mathematics teachers in a high school in the Midwest, we aim at bringing teachers' voices to the forefront. Through teachers' stories, we find that: a) Teachers live in the different zones of enactment; and b) Teachers' ecological view of agency should be used as a link to a transition to the CCSS for creating a genuine dialogue. This article is significant in two ways. First, it informs the administrators and policy makers of how there will be inconsistencies across states, districts, schools and classrooms in the implementation and assessment, and second, it helps to explain the need for new professional development approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-665
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Volume109
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • Common Core Standards for Mathematics
  • narrative analysis
  • teacher agency
  • zone of enactment

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