Search results for: Mathematics education
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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
This article proposes that numeracy incorporates mathematical skills and disposition towards mathematics. A discussion of what disposition towards mathematics is and how it may be measured is provided, together with the proposition that addressing pre-service teacher disposition towards mathematics may help pre-service teachers to develop their numeracy – numeracy that reflects willingness to actually use mathematics in the real world.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
Secondary Mathematics Preservice Teachers' Assessment Perspectives and Practices: An Evolutionary Portrait
This article presents a research study of how six secondary mathematics preservice teachers learned to use such reform-based assessment practices while enrolled in one of three reform-minded teacher education programs. Findings indicate that preservice teachers first focus on how to assess before considering other assessment functions such as what to assess and how to use assessment.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
This article reports on the knowledge for teaching mathematics of 294 pre-service primary teachers from seven Australian universities participating in a project aimed at establishing a culture of evidence-based improvement of teacher education. The authors discuss the relative difficulties of items on each of the three subscales. Furthermore, the authors examine the differences between the participants’ performances on each subscale and the overall scale according to level of education, previous mathematics study, course type, mode of study, and confidence to teach mathematics at the grade levels for which they were being prepared.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2016
This article presents data on the mathematical content knowledge and attitudes of pre-service primary teacher education students. The results reveal that fewer than half the students liked mathematics tasks, but some low scorers were positive and some high scorers were negative about mathematics. Most students used algorithmic procedures to solve problems and several consistent misconceptions were identified.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2016
Strategy Ranges: Describing Change in Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Approaches to Mental Computation of Sums and Differences
This article investigated the sets of mental computation strategies used by prospective elementary teachers to compute sums and differences of whole numbers. In the context of an intervention designed to improve the number sense of prospective elementary teachers, participants were interviewed pre/post, and their mental computation strategies were analyzed. The analysis led to the identification of the strategy ranges used by the participants, as well as descriptions of changes pre/post in those strategy ranges.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
The Impact of a Teacher Education Culture-Based Project on Identity as a Mathematically Thinking Teacher
This article explored the impact of sociocultural situations together with affective and cognitive aspects of self-regulation on identity. The findings results indicate the strengths of such projects to take account of cultural knowledge when colonised education systems are further modified through reforms that emphasise culture.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2016
Are You Ready to Teach Secondary Mathematics in the 21st Century?: A Study of Preservice Teachers’ Digital Game Design Experience
This case study investigated preservice teachers’ perceptions of digital games and their experiences designing and building an educational digital game. In this study, the authors sought to understand enactivism by applying the theory to practice and demonstrating a successful implementation of enactivism in a teacher education classroom. By adapting enactivist approaches, they have created a learning world that incorporates complex real-world problems while giving learners great freedom of exploration. Teachers in this study demonstrate all the 21st century skills through the game design and building experience. Teachers learning in such an enactivist world changed their perceptions. The creative process of designing games forced them to move out of their comfort zones, demonstrating that they were capable of making fun and interesting games.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2016