The Mathematics and Children’s Literature Belief Inventory
......The Mathematics and Children’s Literature Belief Inventory is useful in helping teachers determine their beliefs about using children’s literature in the teaching of mathematics. It contrasts four major philosophical positions that influence educators' beliefs about instructional purposes, teaching, learning, knowledge, childhood, and evaluation. Click below for access to a PDF file that contains the Inventory. The Inventory, as well as comments on its origins, the philosophical positions it portrays, its classroom use, and its use in educational research are discussed in Connecting Teacher Beliefs To The Use Of Children’s Literature In The Teaching Of Mathematics by Rainy Cotti and Michael Schiro in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education 7:329-356, 2004. Click on the name of the article above to read the article. Mathematics teacher educators are granted permission to reproduce and use the Inventory with their classes.
......To use the Inventory, download the PDF file that contains it, print it, photocopy it, distribute it to teachers, and have them spend about fifteen minutes filling out the inventory. Also download the PDF file that contains the Inventory’s Graphing and Sorting Form, print it, and photocopy it. When teachers complete the Inventory, distribute the Graphing and Sorting Form. Then graph their philosophical positions and begin a discussion of the beliefs and practices of teachers about why and how to use children’s literature in the teaching of mathematics.
......Instructions for how to graph and interpret the results on the Inventory are provided in a file that can be accessed by clicking on the button below.