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Principals’ perceptions and expectations of Primary Teachers with a specialisation in mathematics

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McMaster, H, Way, J, Bobis, J and Beswick, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0224-5648 2018 , 'Principals’ perceptions and expectations of Primary Teachers with a specialisation in mathematics', in J Hunter and P Perger and L Darragh (eds.), Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia , Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc., Australia, pp. 551-558 .

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Abstract

This study explored the perspectives of primary principals, as they consider the prospect ofemploying new teachers with a ‘specialisation’ in mathematics. Structured interviews wereconducted with six NSW principals across school sectors. Analysis of the data revealed thenature of ‘specialist’ roles in a school depended heavily on current funding arrangementsand the levels of existing expertise. The traits that principals wanted new specialists to haveformed three strong themes: knowledge for teaching mathematics, personal attributes, andrelationships with others – with leadership qualities anticipated across all three. We raisequestions about the preparation of graduates to meet the expectations of schools.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:McMaster, H and Way, J and Bobis, J and Beswick, K
Keywords: principals, STEM, mathematics
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Publisher: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
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