Towards an Articulation of Expert Classroom Practice

Oct. 15, 2007

Source: Teaching and Teacher Education , Volume 23, Issue 7, October 2007, Pages 1127-1138

We report on a small scale study with six experienced teachers of mathematics in which we have applied a general theoretical model of expert practice (developed by the second author) to explore the nature of the knowledge base that enables teachers to operate effectively in the complexity of a class of 30 pupils.

 This model uses the notion of attention-dependent knowledge, which is derived through the use of specialised attentional skills. A methodology was developed which enabled us both to investigate the role of attention-dependent knowledge and to develop a basic vocabulary to articulate aspects of expert classroom practice

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