Search results for: Mathematics education
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The purpose of this article is twofold. Firstly, to examine the pre-service teachers’ knowledge of mathematical content, and the effectiveness of a pre-service mathematics curriculum subject in improving that knowledge. Secondly, to compare this knowledge with that of the students whom they would be teaching. The results showed that many pre-service teachers entered this teacher education program with very poor levels of mathematical content knowledge. However, the preservice teachers improved their mathematical knowledge after participating in the pre-service teacher education unit on mathematics education.
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013
The authors examined the effect of a new academic mentoring program on student academic integration, success and persistence. Specifically, the authors focused on the MIRES program (Mentoring for the Integration and Success of Science Students) aimed at preventing student dropout in math, science and technology. The MIRES program was implemented in two colleges in the Quebec City area. The results showed that participation in the MIRES programs had positive effects on motivation, career decision profile, college adjustment and academic success and persistence of students. The findings also revealed that the MIRES program had a greater impact on the perseverance of male, rather than female students.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2013
Development of Pedagogical Technology Integration Content Knowledge in Preparing Mathematics Preservice Teachers: The Role of Instructional Case Analyses and Reflection
This case study examines the potential of technology integration teaching cases to develop preservice mathematics teachers’ Pedagogical Technology Integration Content Knowledge (PTICK). A cohort of eight mathematics education students was enrolled in a technology integration course at a large southeastern university that emphasizes pedagogy. The findings indicated the development of PTICK as a whole and individual aspect of PTICK. The researchers observed enhanced pedagogical knowledge and reflective knowledge during the study.
Updated: May. 27, 2013
The authors empirically examine the impact that students’ backgrounds, academic experiences, and attitudes have on their likelihood of selecting a STEM major in college. The findings revealed significant effects in relation to race, academic preparation, attitudes and dispositions toward math and science, college choice considerations, and postsecondary experiences.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013
The study focuses on pre-service teachers’ reflection processes in four different contexts during their subject teaching practicum: (1) reflections on lessons, (2) pupil observation, (3) research reading, and (4) autobiographical context. The data consist of 53 pre-service teachers’ mathematics portfolios, from which the authors purposively selected three for closer scrutiny. According to the results, the breadth and depth of the pre-service teachers’ reflection processes greatly varied. Furthermore, the mathematics autobiographies revealed how the students had constructed their mathematics pasts and what they had learnt from their earlier experiences of teaching mathematics.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013
The Mathematics Education of Future Primary and Secondary Teachers: Methods and Findings from the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics
The current paper reports on the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M). The TEDS-M surveyed selected samples from four populations in teacher education systems: future primary teachers; future secondary teachers; teacher preparation institutions; and teacher educators. TEDS-M shows that it is possible to design sampling plans for teacher education that are sensitive to local conditions and meet high technical quality standards for comparative research. In conclusion, the authors recommend that teacher educators and policy makers should pay attention to the emphasis, kind, and depth of the opportunities to learn provided to future teachers.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012
Prospective Teachers’ Learning to Provide Instructional Explanations: How Does It Look and What Might It Take?
In this article, the authors trace changes in the explanations offered by a purposeful sample of PSTs before and after a mathematics content/methods course sequence. The study reveals the limitations in PSTs’ explanations at their entrance to the course sequence. It also documents PSTs’ progress in providing explanations, thus providing existence proof that this practice is learnable.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2012
Prediction Assessments: Using Video-Based Predictions to Assess Prospective Teachers’ Knowledge of Students’ Mathematical Thinking
In this article, the authors have designed a new assessment instrument in order to evaluate the effectiveness of an experimental elementary mathematics field experience course. The findings suggest that prediction assessments effectively evaluate the pedagogical content knowledge that authors are seeking to foster among the prospective teachers.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2012
The Influence of Theoretical Tools on Teachers’ Orientation to Notice and Classroom Practice: A Case Study
In this article, the author shows how an epistemological vision of mathematics in resonance with a model of cognitive dynamics can work as a powerful tool to support a teacher’s stable and autonomous attitude of noticing. To support this argumentation, the author presents some experimental data concerning a case study of one teacher.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012
The Nature of Prospective Mathematics Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge: The Case of Multiplication of Fractions
The current study aimed to explore prospective mathematics teachers’ knowledge of common conceptions and misconceptions that sixth and seventh grade students had about multiplication of fractions. In addition, prospective teachers’ knowledge of the sources of these misconceptions and strategies they knew to overcome these misconceptions was examined. The prospective teachers suggested many difficulties that elementary grade level students may have.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2012