Search results for: Mathematics education
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Designing and Incorporating Mathematics-Based Video Cases Highlighting Virtual and Physical Tool Use
This study examines preservice teachers’ preferences in relation to mathematics video cases that integrate tools. The study revealed two primary clusters and minor third cluster. The first cluster indicated that preservice teachers are concerned about the integrated teaching of multiple subjects with mathematics and the use of visuals to facilitate teaching and catch students’ attention. In the second cluster, preservice teachers recognized elements that would facilitate their own teaching, making clear connections between theory and practice and lesson preparation guidelines. The third cluster focused on technical issues of the distribution of educational materials and could be linked to an emerging issue of curricular materials and ways to use it in mathematics teaching.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
Using Online Error Analysis Items to Support Preservice Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Mathematics
This article describes an online tutoring system that was used to give preservice teachers an opportunity to analyze and remediate student work. Through a careful analysis and rich discussion about different suggested remediation strategies, preservice teachers were exposed to a variety of techniques that could be used to help correct student errors. The author argues that this online error analysis items challenged preservice teachers to analyze, diagnose, and provide targeted instructional remediation intended to help mock students overcome common error patterns and misconceptions.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2015
Transforming Teachers’ Knowledge Focused on Student Thinking with Technologies Using a Learning Trajectory Instructional Approach
This study explored the influence of a researcher-conjectured learning trajectory instructional approach toward the enhancement of teachers’ technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). The study provides a rich description of how a learning trajectory, situated within a social metacognitive - constructivist instructional framework, influenced the participants’ thinking about their own thinking with the technology in learning mathematics/science and their thinking about their students’ thinking and understanding when learning with the technology. Three themes emerged: The learning trajectory as an ordered network of experiences is multi-faceted; the tools are used for sharing knowledge as well as constructing knowledge; and the tasks sequence the participant in the role of a ‘teacher as a student’ transitioning to the role of ‘teacher as a teacher’.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2015
This study seeks examine the mathematical knowledge for teaching involved in reflection. The first finding of this study indicates that mathematical knowledge for teaching is involved in reflection and supports the analytic quality of reflection, thus making reflection more productive. The second result is that focus on content promotes knowledge integration. The last finding of this study shows how pre-service teachers’ reflections can provide a diagnostic tool that sheds light on their mathematical knowledge for teaching.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2015
This article examines the orientations of prospective teachers (PSTs) toward students’ family and their home and community experiences , as they relate to teaching mathematics. The results indicate that PSTs recognize the importance of connecting with parents, understanding home and community practices, and building on these practices to support children’s mathematical learning. Yet at the same time, they also exhibit inconsistent perspectives, at times indicating a lack of understanding as to why some families appear to be less able to support students’ academic efforts. The authors also found that some PSTs believe that at least some responsibility for success in school mathematics lies at home with the parents. The authors argue that teacher educators need to be aware of the orientations that PSTs bring with them to mathematics methods classrooms.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2015
Action Research, Pedagogy, and Activity Theory: Tools Facilitating Two Instructors’ Interpretations of the Professional Development of Four Preservice Teachers
This article describes the complexity of the preservice secondary school mathematics teachers' experiences in their use of action research as a tool provided for them in the teacher education program. It also examines what do the teacher educators learn about their repertoires and those of their students as they develop the research project within and across the disciplines. The findings show that the participants built trust overtime, which helped them to share their challenges with their instructors. The instructors realized that there needed to be a stronger connection between the PSSM teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. The participants had hands-on experience and they are more confident to continue doing action research and become more reflective in their own classrooms. Furthermore, they enhanced their skills for students’ mathematics learning context.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2015
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a programme on mathematics teaching carried out using reflective practice. While the study shows that the education programme generates high levels of satisfaction, pedagogical appropriateness and learning, its achievements in effectiveness are moderate. Although, in general, what is learned through teacher education is implemented in the classroom, it is done individually and without becoming a part of the culture of the school. The results show little evidence of the programme's impact on student learning.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2015
This article focuses on how preservice primary teachers can be supported to embrace digital learning technologies (DLTs) in their teaching of mathematics. The findings reveal that preservice teachers demonstrated a high degree of initiative. In addition, the students began to recognize the potential of such creative DLTs as a bridge between the use of familiar hands-on materials as representations and abstract representations of mathematical models. Furthermore, the students gained confidence after successfully presenting their DLTs to their peers, and their self-efficacy in using technology to teach mathematics increased due to these enactive mastery experiences.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2015
Delving into the Meaning of Productive Reflection: A Study of Future Teachers’ Reflections on Representations of Teaching
The purpose of this study was to determine how productive future teachers were able to engage in reflections without instructor scaffolding when presented with animations of algebra instruction. The participants posted their reflections on an asynchronous, online discussion with no instructor scaffolding. The authors conclude that this study provides evidence that there are at least three dimensions to reflection: content, connectedness, and complexity. This study provides evidence that connectedness and complexity are not necessarily linked; one could be low while the other is high.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2015
Research on Early Childhood Teacher Education: Evidence From Three Domains and Recommendations for Moving Forward
The purpose of this article was to illustrate the characteristics, key features, and significant gaps in current Early Childhood Teacher Education (ECTE) research by way of examples from several important domains, and to identify the kinds of research that are most needed to address the question posed in this special issue. The authors provided illustrations in three domains of ECTE: addressing the needs of young children with disabilities; understanding and working effectively with infants and toddlers; and building young children’s competence and interest in mathematics. They then identified five crosscutting research priorities, using examples from these three domains. They conclude by describing what is needed to create a supportive environment that produces—and implements—early childhood teacher education research.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2014