Search results for: Mathematics teachers
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In this article, the authors explore the level, variation, and change in teacher knowledge and instruction in the first two years of teaching, the relationship between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) and more distal measures such as certification. The findings reveal that many beginning math teachers had neither a degree in math nor substantial coursework in math. The authors also found that beginning teachers in this study generally had low levels of knowledge (as measured by the MKT), a balanced approach to cognitive demands, low levels of discussion quality, and substantial across-teacher variation in topic coverage. Furthermore, this study provides empirical evidence documenting that in their first two years of teaching, middle school math teachers improved in their math knowledge and improved on some but not all measures of instructional quality.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2017
Animations as a Transformational Approximation of Practice for Preservice Teachers to Communicate Professional Noticing
This article explores the use of animations as an approximation of practice to provide a transformational technology experience for elementary mathematics preservice teachers. Findings illuminate preservice teachers’ degrees of specificity, with most preservice teachers being more specific about mathematics in their animations, showing promise for animation as a tool for communicating what is noticed. Further, preservice teachers perceived the use of animations a transformational experience, meaning the technological medium provided learning and access beyond what could have been accomplished without the technological support.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2017
How do practicing mathematics teachers continue to develop the knowledge and habits of mind that enable them to teach well and to improve their teaching over time? This article reviews 106 articles written between 1985 and 2008 related to the professional learning of practicing teachers of mathematics. The authors offer a synthesis of this research, guided by Clarke and Hollingsworth’s (2002) dynamic model of teacher growth. Their model emphasizes the recursive nature of teachers’ learning and suggests that growth in one aspect of teachers’ knowledge and practice may promote subsequent growth in other areas.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore factors contributing to the effectiveness of a mathematics content-focused intervention designed to nurture positive mathematical beliefs. Utilising interviews, concept mapping, workshop observations and document analysis, shifts in the mathematical beliefs of prospective primary teachers were revealed. The role of the mathematics education tutors was critical in contributing to the development of positive beliefs.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
An Investigation of Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Conceptual Knowledge of and Attitudes towards Statistics
This study explored prospective secondary mathematics teachers’ conceptual understanding of statistics, attitudes towards statistics and the relationship between attitudes and conceptual understanding. The findings reveal that prospective mathematics teachers in this study had all taken modules in linear algebra and calculus at university and higher-level mathematics at secondary school. Despite being very mathematically able and confident, these self-selecting prospective mathematics teachers do no better in the assessment than the students from other disciplines. In addition, the results indicate generally positive attitudes but an acknowledgement that statistics is not a subject quickly learned by everyone and requires discipline to learn, but these positive attitudes are not strongly correlated with their conceptual understanding of statistics.
Updated: Sep. 07, 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
Generating a Networked Improvement Community to Improve Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation: Network Leadership, Organization, and Operation
The purpose of this article is to describe an important aspect of organizing a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) by a large national effort, namely, the role of leadership structures. The article analyses a case study of the formation of a particular NIC, the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership). Six factors were identified as particularly important: convening the network, development of a membership framework, development of participation structures, building the leadership and hub functions of the partnership, development of an effective infrastructure for communications and developing human and material resources needed for the partnership to function effectively.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2016
The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an implementation of teaching rounds as a practice-based approach to pre-service teacher education in mathematics. The main findings are that pre-service teachers found practice-based experience and the subsequent reflections using teaching rounds very valuable compared to other learning experiences. The authors also found that pre-service teachers undertaking a Masters teaching degree were significantly more insightful about planning for and reflecting about teaching practice than those undertaking an undergraduate degree.
Updated: Jul. 31, 2016
Beginning Teachers' Perspectives on Attributes for Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Reflections on Teacher Education
The purpose of this study was to understand what factors beginning secondary mathematics teachers attribute their success to in the classroom, regardless of their preparation program. The results have implications for informing the types of students mathematics education programs should try to attract or recruit. In addition, the results also provide information regarding defining areas on which teacher education programs should focus and where practicum or internship components might be incorporated into the preparation process.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2016
The Shift From 'Learner/Doer of Mathematics' to 'Teacher of Mathematics': A Heuristic for Teacher Candidates
In this article, the authors present research on the implementation of a process for providing candidates learning experiences that help teacher candidates make the shift from 'student' to 'teacher.' Utilizing the Mathematics as Teacher Heuristic (MATH) process, prospective high school mathematics teachers explore rich problems by solving the task, analyzing samples of student work, designing a solution key, and modifying the task.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2016