Teacher Lust: Reconstructing the Construct for Mathematics Instruction

From Section:
Instruction in Teacher Training
Aug. 15, 2010

Source: Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Volume 13, Number 4, 295-311. (August, 2010).

This article presents a refined conception of Mary Boole’s construct of teacher lust. Boole's construct had impact on collegiate mathematics courses for prospective elementary and middle grades teachers.

Data for this article were collected through the use of classroom observations and instructor interviews.

Two working aspects of the construct were identified:
(1) enacted teacher lust; an observable action that may remove an opportunity for students to think about or engage in mathematics for themselves; and
(2) experienced teacher lust; an internal impulse to act in the manner described.

The author discusses empirical examples of each facet, differences between conscious and unconscious interactions with teacher lust, along with potential antecedents.

Updated: Jan. 17, 2017
Classroom observation | Elementary school teachers | Mathematics instruction | Middle school teachers | Teacher education