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Becoming a Teacher: An Inquiry Into the Experiences of Novice Teachers of Mathematics in Cegep

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Becoming a Teacher: An Inquiry Into the Experiences of Novice Teachers of Mathematics in Cegep

Mathieu-Soucy, Sarah (2019) Becoming a Teacher: An Inquiry Into the Experiences of Novice Teachers of Mathematics in Cegep. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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This dissertation presents an inquiry into the experiences of novice teachers (under five years of experience) of mathematics in cegep institutions, the first step of postsecondary education in Quebec, Canada. Using Dewey’s theory of learning alongside narrative inquiry’s conceptualization of life as lived narratively, our aim is to contribute to the understanding of the process of becoming a cegep mathematics teacher, the research puzzle of this study. For this purpose, I met five novice mathematics cegep teachers, individually except for one meeting with three of them, each seven times, to talk about mathematics, teaching, and learning and created field texts associated with these meetings. As we realized these novice teachers spoke of who they are and are becoming in terms of their past experiences as students, as teachers, and outside of school, we decided to attend to the ways novice teachers’ stories, stories they live and tell as teachers, are shaped (justified, modified, or affirmed) by these past experiences. Based on the field texts and the notes I took during our meetings, I wrote a booklet of research texts that narrates justifications, modifications, and affirmations of stories. We then analyzed these research texts attending to the ways novice teachers’ stories were shaped according to three emerging strands of analysis: implicit training experiences, explicit training experiences, and experiences in relation to university mathematics. Then, we explore what this analysis tells us about our research puzzle. We end by exploring resonant threads, particular plotlines, and patterns about the process of becoming a teacher of mathematics in cegep, which emerged from the analysis conducted, the booklet of stories and the field texts. We address: bumping stories and tensions that can prevent novice teachers from living stories, novice teachers’ unique journey to teaching, novice teachers’ inclination to strive towards quality teaching, the connection between the process of becoming a teacher and being a university student in mathematics, and a characterization of the valid behaviours novice cegep teachers engaged in as they entered the profession.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Mathieu-Soucy, Sarah
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:October 2019
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hardy, Nadia and Corriveau, Claudia
ID Code:986332
Deposited By: SARAH MATHIEU-SOUCY
Deposited On:25 Jun 2020 17:45
Last Modified:25 Jun 2020 17:45
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