What is actually discussed in problem-solving courses for prospective teachers?

February 2007

Source: Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education Volume 10, Number 1 / February, 2007

The aim of this study is to characterize the discourse of two problem-solving courses for prospective teachers. The data, consisting of audio recordings and field notes, were examined from a dialogical approach combined with the theory of contextualization.

I show not only the substantial differences between the two classroom discourses but also elaborate on plausible reasons for the divergency found. The findings then serve as a basis for a discussion of how to develop a problem-solving course within the mathematics teacher program.

Updated: Jan. 28, 2008