A Comparison of Pedagogical Practices and Beliefs in International and Domestic Mathematics Teaching Assistants

  • Minsu Kim University of North Georgia, United States
Keywords: domestic mathematics teaching assistants (DMTAs), international mathematic teaching assistants (IMTAs), beliefs, pedagogical practices

Abstract

International and domestic mathematics teaching assistants (MTAs) are a critical part of mathematics education because they teach a substantial portion of low-level mathematics courses at research institutions. Even if there are several factors to build on MTAs’ pedagogical practices, MTAs’ beliefs significantly influence the MTAs’ practices. The purpose of this study is to explore different beliefs and pedagogical practices between international and domestic MTAs. The findings reveal that there is consistency between the MTAs’ beliefs and their pedagogical practices. In addition, the two groups adopt significantly different approaches of how to teach new concepts, definitions, and problem-solving for students’ conceptual understanding and how to interact with their students. These results contribute to the body of knowledge of MTAs and the adaptation of professional development programs of MTAs. In addition, faculty in mathematics has an opportunity to understand the differences in beliefs and pedagogical practices between IMTAs and DMTAs.

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Author Biography

Minsu Kim, University of North Georgia, United States

Dr. Minsu Kim is an assistant professor of Mathematics at the University of North Georgia. He received his Ph. D. in Mathematics with an emphasis on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are students’ mathematics selfefficacy and beliefs in undergraduate mathematics education and pedagogical teaching through mobile technologies in undergraduate mathematics education. 

Published
2014-01-01
How to Cite
Kim, M. (2014). A Comparison of Pedagogical Practices and Beliefs in International and Domestic Mathematics Teaching Assistants. Journal of International Students, 4(1), 74-88. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/498
Section
Research Articles