Search results for: Misconceptions
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“So We Have to Teach Them or What?”: Introducing Preservice Teachers to the Figured Worlds of Urban Youth Through Digital Conversation
Using a figured world framework, the authors explore how social interaction made possible through digital tools shaped the actions and identities of 16 preservice teachers. The findings reveal that providing preservice teachers with virtual access to urban youth’s figured worlds allowed the preservice teachers to better understand the cultural artifacts of these students’ worlds. In doing so, they were forced to acknowledge the importance of maintaining the belief that all students, including those from urban backgrounds, can and want to engage in rigorous learning.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2017
Pushing too Little, Praising too Much? Intercultural Misunderstandings between a Chinese Doctoral Student and a Dutch Supervisor
The purpose of this study is to shed light on the causes of communication difficulties and misunderstandings between Western supervisors and Asian students in relation to their cultural and educational differences. The authors analyzed three implicit misunderstandings in this study occurred due to mismatched and unspoken expectations about the learning goals and learning behaviors between the supervisor and the student, largely reflecting their educational and cultural background differences. The learning patterns they previously had developed became a natural source for them to understand the teaching and learning of international education in the beginning.
Updated: Dec. 04, 2016
'I Know You Have to Put Down a Zero, But I'm Not Sure Why': Exploring the Link Between Pre-Service Teachers' Content and Pedagogical Content Knowledge
This article investigates pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge and their ability to interpret students' responses to a multi-digit multiplication task and make subsequent appropriate teaching decisions. It was found that the pre-service teachers in the study had an instrumental understanding of the long multiplication process that impacted on their ability to both recognise and address students' mathematical errors.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2016
Against the Unchallenged Discourse of Homelessness: Examining the Views of Early Childhood Preservice Teachers
This study examines how preservice teachers perceived homelessness and children experiencing homelessness. It focuses on preservice teachers’ experiences with the dominant discourses about homelessness and addresses how early childhood educators can support preservice teachers in preparing to teach children experiencing homelessness in their future classrooms. The data showed that the images of homelessness held by the preservice teachers closely overlapped with public discourses of homelessness. The image of children as being homeless even did not exist in the conception of homelessness that the preservice teachers initially held. Their knowledge of homelessness was very limited and inaccurate, such that children experiencing homelessness and their families were initially interpreted as being dysfunctional and abnormal.
Updated: Nov. 16, 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
This research study explored student teachers’ perceptions of rural teaching from a qualitative research paradigm. The findings revealed that the participants failed to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the uniqueness and consequences of teaching in a rural area. For some of the participants, the rural teaching offered a unique opportunity for the realization of an idealistic mission for their country. However, other participants were particularly fearful of adjusting to an unfamiliar rural context.
Updated: Sep. 08, 2014
This article presents a study, which examined the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention on chemical changes. The participants were one hundred and thirty Greek primary school teachers. The results show that pre-intervention, teachers were found to have a relatively limited ability in explaining chemical changes. The teachers also held a number of misconceptions similar to those of pupils. Post-intervention, teachers’ descriptions and explanations were found to be significantly improved. However, post-intervention, teachers seemed better able to manage the combustion of hydrogen and the heating of sugar, than the burning candle which had been studied in the course.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2014
The goal of this study is two-fold: 1) to examine the role content knowledge plays in prospective teachers’ (PSTs) ability to recognize children’s conceptual understanding of mathematics, and, 2) to examine examined PSTs' ability to recognize evidence of children’s conceptual understanding of mathematics in three content areas before and after an instructional intervention designed to support this ability. The results of this study suggest that content knowledge is necessary but insufficient in supporting PSTs’ ability to recognize evidence of children’s conceptual understanding of mathematics.
Updated: May. 11, 2014
A Case Study of Beginning Science Teachers’ Subject Matter (SMK) and Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) of Teaching Chemical Reaction in Turkey
This study aimed to evaluate subject matter knowledge (SMK), pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), concerning chemical reactions for science teaching of beginning student teachers in Turkey. The results revealed that a high proportion of the student teachers were able to correctly apply the very basic concepts of Conservation of Mass and Conservation of Atoms. However, only one quarter of the students brought a sufficient understanding with them from secondary school to correctly answer the more difficult problems.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012
Developing Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Abilities to Identify Evidence of Student Mathematical Achievement
In this study, the authors examined whether a classroom intervention would improve the ability of prospective elementary teachers to identify and evaluate evidence of student understanding of a mathematical lesson. The participants in this study were 192 prospective elementary teachers who enrolled in the first mathematics content course at a Mid-Atlantic University. The prospective teachers completed pre- and posttests individually outside of regular class times, and the interventions were implemented by each of six course instructors during regular course meetings. The results indicate that the intervention was successful in improving at least some of PTs’ analysis skills.
Updated: Sep. 03, 2012