Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Pedagogical Knowledge for Teaching the Estimation of Length Measurements

Published: 
Apr. 11, 2014

Source: Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 177-198, April 2014.

This article investigated prospective secondary mathematics teachers’ pedagogical knowledge for teaching the estimation of length measurements.

The author examined the participants' personal benchmarks for measurement estimation. Benchmarks for measurement estimation are the meaningful representations of units that serve to increase one’s understanding of measurement and one’s ability to estimate measurements. Data included electronic journal responses, observation and verbal data, and work samples.

Thematic analysis revealed that prospective teachers possessed various benchmarks for measurement estimation that enabled them to estimate length measurements, but these benchmarks for measurement estimation were not evident in participants’ pedagogical knowledge for teaching the estimation of length measurements. Participants’ pedagogical knowledge for teaching the estimation of length measurements was instead based on the belief that hands-on activities were the only way to teach the estimation of length measurements.
 

Updated: Mar. 29, 2016
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