Search results for: Mathematics teachers
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Deconstructing an Online Community of Practice: Teachers’ Actions in the Edmodo Math Subject Community
The present study examined whether teachers’ actions in the Edmodo math subject community, a so-called online community of practice with more than 300,000 members, fit within Lave and Wenger's community of practice framework. The results showed that teachers’ actions in the math subject community did not support the traditional notions of the community-of-practice framework.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2015
The Role of Subject Knowledge in Primary Prospective Teachers’ Approaches to Teaching the Topic of Area
This study examines how prospective teachers’ subject knowledge influences their approach to teaching the topic of area. The strengths and limitations of the participants' subject knowledge are examined, in relation to their selection of teaching activities. The results suggest connections between these strengths and limitations, in relation to espoused teaching activities and pedagogical orientations.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2015
Putting TPACK on the Radar: A Visual Quantitative Model for Tracking Growth of Essential Teacher Knowledge
This article proposes a visual and quantitative representation of TPACK that will help teachers better understand the TPACK framework and track their growth in the knowledge domains over time. The authors found that many students used “TPACK” to refer to both the knowledge domain and the overall model in their reflections. While this improper use of terminology could be construed as a lack of understanding of TPACK, they believe this is another consequence of the video script, and not of the model. A common theme from the reflections gathered from treatment group A was that the TPACK radar diagram model was about growth and improvement.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2015
Novice Mathematics Teachers’ Use of Technology to Enhance Student Engagement, Questioning, Generalization, and Conceptual Understanding
This study aimed to describe how and why novice mathematics teachers incorporated technology-generated representations in their instruction. The findings indicated that the teachers used representations in their planning and instruction to help promote student engagement to facilitate their learning of mathematics.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
Exploring the Role of Field Experience Context in Preservice Teachers’ Development as Mathematics Educators
The purpose of this article is twofold: (1) to describe two mathematics field experiences which varied greatly in their context, and (2) to examine the influence of these field experiences on preservice teachers’ perspectives and development as educators in general and as mathematics educators specifically. The participants were 33 preservice teachers seeking their initial teaching certification: . Sixteen math camp field experience participants and The 17 traditional field experience participants. The findings suggest that the context of the traditional field experience did not provide the preservice teachers with the same level of support for the development of their mathematics knowledge and skills as did the math camp field experience.
Updated: Jun. 21, 2015
Educational Policy or Practice? Traversing the Conceptual Divide between Subject Knowledge, Pedagogy and Teacher Identity in England
This article is framed by concerns about recent UK Government policy regarding the training of mathematics and science teachers in England. It discusses how two cohorts of pre-service teachers negotiated the development of a professional identity while undertaking subject-specific training. The authors take the concept of ‘participation in communities of practice’ as a departure point to explore how trainees demonstrate their development of professional identities as chemistry, maths or physics teachers.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015
This article presents a study which examined the transfer of pedagogical practices and conceptions of teaching and learning mathematics in the process of early professional identity development. The findings reveal that participants explained that professional development, as measured by the transfer of teacher-preparation program (TPP) practices and beliefs, was based upon innate ability and personality, pre-training experiences, preservice experiences, and in-service experiences. Furthermore, 71% of all inservice observations were coded as TPP practices, therefore, confirming the participants’ articulated perceptions about the significance of preservice preparation.
Updated: May. 19, 2015
This study explores changes over time in assessment strategies and identifies variables that facilitate that change by examining assessment practices of secondary teacher candidates enrolled in a one-year postbaccalaureate teacher education program that prepares candidates for teaching in rural and urban settings in Alaska. There was a change in emphasis and range of assessment strategies between the first and second semester of the teacher education program. The extent of change varied between rural and urban candidates indicating a need for more attention to the specifics of rural education. The variables that changed candidates’ emphasis and range of assessment strategies the most included mentor teachers, field experiences inclusive of unit planning, and the university coursework.
Updated: May. 04, 2015
This study examines the evolution of one novice’s teacher’s informal virtual mentoring network to determine if characteristics of traditional mentoring networks and relationships mirror characteristics of a Twitter mentoring network. Results indicate that the novice teacher’s network was used primarily to seek information from other professionals, since her two primary informal mentors were secondary mathematics teachers. Novice teachers typically have more information needs than more experienced teachers and would likely need to ask more questions and have fewer resources to share than experienced teachers. Furthermore, the frequency of interactions decreased over time despite the potential ease of posting to Twitter.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2015
The purpose of THIS study was to examine preservice teachers’ perceptions about their experiences in the Teaching Residency Program for Critical Shortage Areas program. This program designed to address teacher shortages in mathematics and science in high-need schools. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) the residency framework, (b) a relevant curriculum, and (c) immersion in an authentic school context.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2014