Search results for: Mathematics teachers
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This article explores how mathematics students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education )Honours) degree programme offered by the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta experience the feedback they receive from tutors while out on teaching practice (TP). The author concludes that the approach being proposed here builds on the realisation that TP offers a strong common purpose among the interested parties. During TP visits, both tutors and student teachers are involved simultaneously in the same assessment activity – that is, providing feedback to their respective students within an assessment scenario that carries both formative and summative connotations.
Updated: Sep. 15, 2014
Developing Mathematics Teacher Knowledge: The Paradidactic Infrastructure of ‘‘Open Lesson’’ in Japan
The aim of the current research is twofold: 1. Present a theoretical approach to study mathematics teacher knowledge and the conditions for developing it in direct relation to teaching practice. 2. Present and analyse a case of open lesson using this theoretical approach. In order to conduct their analysis, the authors have developed a new technology about the open lesson practice and some elements of theory as well. For this study, the authors collected data from three sources: the lesson plan of the teacher; the real-time observation of the lesson; the discussion after the lesson. In conclusion, the current study indicates why open lessons represent, to Japanese teachers, an attractive element of a professional learning community of teachers.
Updated: Aug. 19, 2014
In this article, the author argues that there is a lack of research into the role of the facilitator of discussions of video for professional development. A key purpose of this article is to expose aspects of the role of the facilitator of teacher learning, not reported in previous research in the use of video. Hence, the author documents research he undertook into the use of video as a tool for teacher learning. In analysing empirical data from one school, he suggests five key aspects or decision points in working with teachers on video: selecting a video clip, setting up the discussion norms, re-watching the video, moving to interpretation, and metacommenting. The author argues that having presented key aspects of the role of the facilitator of video use, a further look at the detail of the data from discussions serves to highlight some of the complexities involved in just one of the categories.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2014
An Examination of Interactive Whiteboard Perceptions using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model Stages of Concern and the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow Model of Instructional Evolution
Two high school mathematics teachers who use Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) in the classroom were interviewed annually over the course of three years regarding their perceptions of the technology. The findings indicate that IWBs provide some of the same benefits as the multitude of computers and other technologies available in ACOT classrooms: increased student motivation, more dynamic instruction, and greater teacher collaboration. Unlike the ACOT technologies, however, IWBs did not lead to the implementation of more project-based instruction.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2014
Classroom Culture, Mathematics Culture, and the Failures of Reform: The Need for a Collective View of Culture
The purpose of this study was to investigate the nature of classroom practice and how it is supported by the culture of a classroom. The primary participant in this study was an eighth-grade mathematics teacher renowned for being a good teacher whose teaching conformed to the intentions of the reform-oriented National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, with a particular emphasis on problem solving. The authors found that although Ms. Bryans appropriated some of the rhetoric and practices of problem-solving-based practice, her goals and assessment methods and most of her instructional methods were not consistent with common ideas of problem-solving mathematics.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2014
This study focuses on understanding the types of instances that beginning teachers need to notice during instruction, how they currently respond to these instances, and how their responses potentially impact student learning. The authors use the concept pivotal teaching moment (PTM) as an opportune mathematical instances during instruction. In conclusion, the authors argue that the initial PTM framework that has resulted from this work has the potential to be used as a tool to help teachers focus on mathematically rich moments that occur during instruction and to inform teacher educators as they develop activities to support both teacher noticing and teacher decision-making.
Updated: May. 21, 2014
Making Sense of Double Number Lines in Professional Development: Exploring Teachers’ Understandings of Proportional Relationships
This study aims to understand how teachers used their existing knowledge about proportions to make sense of a representation that was new to them and the ways in which their existing knowledge proved to be helpful or unhelpful. The authors identified two knowledge components that were important to the participants’ sense-making activities. The first necessary component of knowledge for making sense of the DNL was coordination. Partitioning was the second critical concept for reasoning with the DNL. They also identified three components that impeded sense-making with the DNL representation. The authors also found three knowledge components participants invoked in these tasks that prohibited effective reasoning with the DNLs.
Updated: Apr. 23, 2014
Connecting Changes in Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge to their Experiences in a Professional Development Workshop
This article explores changes in teachers’ knowledge of the cognitive demands of mathematical tasks following their participation in the ESP ‘‘Improving Practice’’ workshop throughout the 2004–2005 school year. The article also examines how those changes connect back to teachers’ experiences in the workshop. The findings reveal that at the end of the ‘‘Improving Practice’’ workshop, ESP teachers significantly increased their knowledge of the cognitive demands of mathematical tasks and had significantly higher knowledge than teachers in the contrast group. The author concludes that the strong connections between changes in teachers’ knowledge and their experiences in the workshop provide indications that learning occurred during the workshop, and this learning may have influenced subsequent changes in teachers’ classroom practices.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2014
This study investigated the factors that credential program's graduates perceived to support or impede their implementation of certain university-taught practices. The participants were 19 graduates of Northridge’s secondary-mathematics-credential program in California State University. The teachers in this study portrayed the credential program as the most significant factor promoting their use of the Practices. The findings of this study suggest that both university and employing school play crucial roles, and changes in both arenas would facilitate the uptake of such practices.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2014
The present article describes an innovative capstone mathematics course that links college mathematics with school mathematics and pedagogy. In this article, the authors provide a brief description of Math 385 along with one group’s experience, and share preliminary analyses of the impact of the course. The participants in this study were 112 undergraduate students who were enrolled in the methods course during 2006 through 2009. The aspects of Math 385 indicated that students gained an appreciation of cooperative learning, seeing other students’ approaches to problems, and student-centered instruction.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2014