The role of attention in expert classroom practice

February 2007

Source:  Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Volume 10, Number 1 / (February, 2007) Pages 3-22.

In this paper we outline a new theoretical model of expert practice that identifies the importance of attentional skills.
The authors report on a small-scale pilot study of the classroom practice of experienced teachers of mathematics based on this model, through which a method of articulating aspects of classroom practice has been developed.

The study took place in England, where current policy in teacher education places considerable emphasis on lesson planning.
The study raises issues about the relationships between the different kinds of knowledge that we see as constituting expert practice.

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