Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Kelly S. Brown

Second Advisor

Bill Summers

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


The purpose of the study was to identify the attitudes and perceptions held by select teachers in a Midwest high school regarding teaching strategies related to students solving mathematics problems from a cognitive-metacognitive approach. The case study utilized a questionnaire regarding instructional practices and teacher beliefs and opinions as well as semi-structured interviews. Teachers commented on definitions and beliefs regarding thinking about thinking, thinking mathematically, and conceptual and procedural understanding. Furthermore, teachers discussed teaching strategies utilized to teach thinking about thinking in mathematics, effects of school-wide metacognitive training efforts, and usage of student reflection activities. The specificity and sophistication of responses related to perceptions held and strategies utilized seemed to increase with the years of experience teaching for participants.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2010 for Olivet Nazarene University.