BECOMING A MATHEMATICS TEACHER IN A UNIVERSITY: A GROUNDED THEORY APPROACHED
Keywords:university mathematics, mathematics teachers, grounded theory, qualitative study, mathematics
Making mathematics relevant is a challenge that requires teachers an extensive understanding on the subject and the learners.This study identifiescertain characteristics teachers should possess while teaching mathematics at a university. Using Grounded theory, data were analysed using constant comparison techniques to develop the theory that “Effective mathematics teacher in a university is characterized by their expertise of the field, research, emotional maturity and morale, physical and aesthetic vitality which inspire students to appreciate and continuously learn mathematical concepts.” Hence, university mathematics teachers should acquire these characteristics to facilitate motivated mathematics learning in the university.
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