Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type



Teacher Education

Degree Name

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Sam Stewart

Second Advisor

Andrew Huddleston


The purpose of this study was to determine high school learners’ perceptions of what makes an exceptional mathematics teacher. The author was a pre-service teacher serving her clinical teaching internship in a high school mathematics classroom in which Precalculus, Pre-AP Precalculus, and AP Calculus were taught. For this study, data was collected through a student survey, one-on-one interviews, and focus group interviews with students. The data was analyzed using the constant comparative method. Four major themes emerged from the data, including the significance of a teacher’s attitude, the importance of a teacher’s desire to help and teach learners, whether or not a teacher teaches well, and how well teachers know their learners and have relationships with them.

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