Search results for: Elementary mathematics
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Integration of Technology in Elementary Pre-Service Teacher Education: An Examination of Mathematics Methods Courses
This article describes the answers of 204 instructors of elementary mathematics methods courses, who completed a survey assessing the extent to which they stay informed about research related to effective uses of educational technology and the kinds and numbers of educational technologies they include in their courses. Findings indicate that, while they view educational technology research as important to their field, mathematics methods instructors are neither accessing such research nor using technology in their courses to any great degree.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2014
Investigating the Development of Prospective Mathematics Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Generalising Number Patterns through School Practicum
This case study was conducted to explore the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) through a school practicum course. The case study also examined how observation of number pattern lessons in schools and discussions of these observation contribute to prospective teachers’ PCK. The participants of the study were three female prospective elementary mathematics teachers, who enrolled in a 4-year teacher training programme in a university in I˙zmir, Turkey. With regard to the issue of effectiveness of the activities in the SP course, it can be concluded that observations in real classroom settings and discussions of these observations in the SP course resulted in an improvement of the prospective teachers’ PCK.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2014
This article investigates the fraction knowledge of prospective elementary teachers in Taiwan. The findings suggest that Taiwanese prospective elementary teachers’ common fraction knowledge is quite secure. Many of them have developed multiple strategies for solving fraction division word problems and showed flexibility in utilizing them. All three of the major strategies prospective teachers used to solve the number line problem and the jogging problem are built upon multiple pieces of the knowledge package described by Ma (1999). The authors recommend a concerted effort to help prospective elementary teachers develop a level of proficiency on fraction division comparable to their Taiwanese counterparts at the conclusion of their required mathematics courses.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2014
The present article set out to examine the issue of whether opportunity to learn (OTL) was related to mathematics and mathematics pedagogy knowledge for future middle school mathematics teachers and for future elementary teachers who will likely teach mathematics. The authors used data from 81 randomly sampled U.S. public and private institutions as well as international data from top-achieving countries. The results showed major differences in course taking between the A+ countries and the United States, especially for lower secondary preparation programs.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2014
Teaching Anxieties Revealed: Pre-service Elementary Teachers’ Reflections on their Mathematics Teaching Experiences
The current study analyzed pre-service teachers’ reflections at the conclusion of an elementary mathematics field experience. The authors were interested to determine common themes surrounding anxiety-related events based on mathematics practice-teaching experiences. Through qualitative analysis of pre-service teachers’ reflections, three categories and ten themes surrounding elementary pre-service teachers’ anxiety-related events based on mathematics practice-teaching experiences emerged.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2013
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
Mathematically Based and Practically Based Explanations in the Elementary School: Teachers’ Preferences
This paper focuses on elementary school teachers’ preferences for mathematically based and practically based explanations. Using the context of even and odd numbers, the article examines the types of explanations teachers generate on their own as well as the types of explanations they prefer after reviewing various explanations. The article also explores the basis for these preferences.
Updated: May. 26, 2011
This contribution reports about a seven-month long video-based study in two regular Flemish sixth-grade mathematics classrooms. The focus is on teachers' approaches towards problem solving. The findings have highlighted that the word problem-solving lessons were more dominated by a paradigmatic than a narrative approach and that interventions in which the relation between the mathematics structure and the realistic constraints of the problem context is addressed, were rare.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
Building on work in the area of third space theory, this study documents one teacher's efforts to create third spaces in an elementary mathematics classroom. In an attempt to link the worlds of theory and practice, the author examines how the work of other theorists and researchers can create new lenses for classroom practitioners.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2009
The purpose of this study was to better understand prospective elementary school teachers’ motivations for working with fractions before and after taking a course designed to deepen their understanding of mathematics, as well as what instructional practices might be related to any changes detected in their motivations. 85 education students were given a motivation questionnaire at the beginning and end of the semester, and observations were made of the 9 days when fractions were taught.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2009