Jaschke, Tobias (2017, December). Mathematikunterrichtsbezogene Überzeugungen mithilfe der Q‑Methode erfassen [Using the Q-method to capture mathematical beliefs]. Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung [Journal for Research on Adult Education], 40(3), 261-274. [German] (doi: 10.1007/s40955-017-0102-4) (Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40955-017-0102-4)

English abstract: The so-called Q-sorting operation is an unknown research method, hardly known as a pedagogically-oriented research method, typically used to compile complex responses and attitudes from a subjective perspective. The following article examines the question whether the Q-sorting methodology might also be implemented as a practical collection instrument to evaluate teacher beliefs in the context of professional development for educators. In particular, it will be examined whether an index formation can grasp a possible change in the relation between transmissive and a constructivist orientation of math educators could. The results suggest it worthwhile to continue to keep the Q-sorting methodology in place as an economic and motivating way to collect educators’ beliefs.

Tobias Jaschke <jaschke@ph-ludwigsburg.de> is in the Institut für Mathematik und Informatik, Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg (The Ludwigsburg University of Education), Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.