Search results for: Mathematics education
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The Use of Questions within In-The-Moment Coaching in Initial Mathematics Teacher Education: Enhancing Participation, Reflection, and Co-Construction in Rehearsals of Practice
This article examines how coaching using questions could assist novice teachers to promote mathematical thinking and discussions within time-constrained programmes. Findings included that student teacher roles in rehearsals were enhanced through coaching with questions and co-construction was enabled. Findings indicate that questions used in coaching of rehearsals inform and empower novice teachers, essential factors within initial teacher education for equitable and ambitious mathematics teaching.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2017
A Review of Research on Prospective Teachers’ Learning About Children’s Mathematical Thinking and Cultural Funds of Knowledge
This review focuses on research related to how prospective teachers (PSTs) learn to connect to children’s mathematical thinking (CMT) and children’s cultural funds of knowledge (CFoK) in mathematics instruction.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2017
Building on prior analyses, this article elaborates a particular pedagogy of enactment, rehearsal, developed through a collaboration of elementary mathematics teacher educators (TEs) across three institutions.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2017
This article addresses the issue of learners who hold traditional beliefs about mathematics, which can hamper their learning in the discipline. Hence, a “history-based” intervention program entailing problem-solving and writing activities that instigate cognitive conflict was implemented. The survey of the prospective teachers beliefs related to the nature of mathematics and the way it is learned, taught, and practiced showed a great majority of them failed to hold progressive beliefs.
Updated: Jun. 04, 2017
The purpose of this study was two folded: Firstly, to determine if there was evidence that the additional components increased persistence in teaching, and, secondly, to determine the perceived effectiveness of the required mentor professional learning and the perceived effectiveness of mentoring by the mentees. Findings offer insight for structuring mentor models to increase effectiveness and persistence of teachers and build the capacity of mentors. The findings reveal that providing mentoring for novice teachers is essential to their effectiveness and persistence in teaching. Furthermore, mentees noted that they wanted to have more reciprocal observations and feedback with their mentors and wanted to co-plan instruction for greater effectiveness.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2017
Being and Becoming a Mathematics Teacher Educator in and for Differing Contexts: Some Lessons Learned
In this study, the author examines how differing locations and cultural contexts shaped her understandings of being and becoming a mathematics teacher educator. The purpose was to improve the author's own practice, accompanied by the hope that what she learned could also be potentially beneficial to other teacher educators. During this self-study, the author has become convinced that deliberations regarding mathematics education may be futile unless considerations regarding context, or culture, are central to decision-making. She has learned, but frequently must relearn, that she cannot impose his views of mathematics, or mathematics education, on others. Thus she can work toward transforming her practice while, at the same time, supporting teachers as they engage in the hard work of transforming their own.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2017
Developing Prospective Teachers’ Conceptions with Well-Designed Tasks: Explaining Successes and Analyzing Conceptual Difficulties
The purpose of this study was to explore how prospective teachers’ (PTs’) conceptions of various mathematical topics develop.Consistent with prior findings, this study showed that PTs entered with limited conceptions. This study showed further that (a) well-designed tasks (addressing the PTs’ incoming conceptions as well as focusing on the desired conceptions) can help PTs develop content knowledge, (b) conceptual difficulties may persist even with well-designed tasks, and (c) artifacts of children’s mathematical thinking can be used to develop mathematical content knowledge.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2017
This article outlines the development of the author's professional eye as a teacher educator in mathematics education in Australia through the self-study process of initiating and evaluating task variations and describes how this process was used to generate interactions that supported teacher candidates’ assignment work. This article focuses on one example of this research, where the intended object of learning is the construction of open-ended mathematics questions, which can be used by teachers for inclusive curriculum development.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2016
This self-study describes the author's transition from teacher to teacher educator. During this transition, the author explored how her beliefs about mathematics teacher education influenced the work of planning and teaching a course for the first time. The transition from teacher to teacher educator is explored through the experience of a course focused on inquiry. Inquiry is embedded within the course from two perspectives: mathematical inquiry and teaching as inquiry. The author concludes that long-term goals related to reflection, career-long learning, and professional growth were what the author felt were missing in the courses she had taken as a teacher candidate, observed as a graduate student, and worked in as a teaching assistant. The tension between the short-term goals of teacher candidates and the long-term goals of the faculty was striking.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2016
This study explores questions of how educators learned about mathematics through lesson study but also how they were socialized into lesson study (LS) as a collaborative, routine practice. Specifically, the author compared the participation of educators who were new to lesson study (“LS novices”) with lesson study with those who had more experience with the practice (“LS experienced practitioners”). The author discovered a few key differences illustrate possible elements in the developmental progression of lesson study. Teachers who are newer to lesson study tend to focus on learning how to teach through problem solving, and seeing the collaborative work as a way to combine efforts to teach a better lesson. LS experienced practitioners, in contrast, were comfortable with the routine and can see their role as developing problems that elicit student thinking.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2016