The Early Numeracy Project : a study of teacher change : research project report.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
The purpose of this study is to examine the changes that occurred in teachers' thinking and practice as a result of taking part in the Early Numeracy Project (ENP). The study took place in the Junior department of a high decile primary school in the South Island. Data was collected using the following methods: • Three in-depth interviews with four teachers taking part in the ENP . Field notes gathered from cluster workshops and syndicate meetings The four participating teachers in this study agreed that the ENP brought about significant changes in the way they thought about and conducted their mathematics teaching. Their increasing confidence and enthusiasm was fuelled by the commitment and interest of the children in their class. The challenges and demands of the project were balanced by the knowledge that their children were taking an active and imaginative part in learning mathematics. Children were succeeding in an area often problematic for teachers. In what ways did the ENP change what teachers did in the classroom? What were the key factors that brought about these changes? What difficulties were encountered? This study describes the teachers' experiences on the ENP, traces significant parts of their journeys and gives a voice to their thoughts and feelings along the way.