Search results for: Methods courses
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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
Preservice Early Childhood Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy for Integrating Mathematics and Science: Impact of a Methods Course
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an integrated science and mathematics methods course on preservice early childhood teachers’ efficacy beliefs for integrating science and mathematics in early childhood classrooms. Participants in two cohorts were tested to assess their efficacy beliefs for teaching science, mathematics, and integrating science and mathematics before and immediately after instruction. The findings provided evidence that the methods course was effective at enhancing preservice teachers’ efficacy beliefs for integrating science and mathematics.
Updated: Jun. 24, 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
This study examined elementary preservice teachers’ knowledge and application of science vocabulary during peer teaching. The purpose of this study was to: (1) examine preservice teachers’ knowledge of elementary science vocabulary at the beginning and end of a science methods course, and (2) document preservice teachers’ use of elementary science vocabulary commonly used in elementary science instruction during initial science teaching experiences. The data reveal that preservice teachers’ initial knowledge of elementary science vocabulary was lacking , despite the successful completion of high school and college science coursework. The findings indicate that the course positively impacted the preservice teachers’ knowledge of select elementary science vocabulary.
Updated: Apr. 13, 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
The purpose of this study was to examine the learning outcomes emerging from semi-structured lesson study as a central task in a methods course and determine the factors that facilitate or inhibit the use of lesson study in a teacher education methods course. Two cases of lesson study are examined as the central task in an adolescent mathematics methods course for teachers in grades 7 through 12. The article presents the outcomes and factors essential to productive outcomes on lesson studies.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2014
Foreseeing the Unforeseen through Collaborative Self-Study by a Teacher Educator and Two Teacher Candidates
The study presents the collaborative reflection process of a teacher educator and two elementary teacher candidates during their university mathematics teaching class and subsequent student teaching experiences. This self-study paid particular attention to the unforeseen negativity created in the practice of teaching as a starting point for reflective thinking and how it eventually led to a renewed level of teaching practice and thinking. This collaborative self-study provided an opportunity for each researcher to notice the differences between her intention for practice and her actual practice, from her own perspective as well as those of others, working with a view of teaching as disciplined inquiry. The authors conclude that the results suggest that collaborative self-study by a teacher educator and teacher candidates can generate effective learning experiences for all participants.
Updated: Jan. 20, 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 main goal of this self-study was to determine the extent to which an instructor's pedagogical knowledge and practice would be enhanced though the use of Just-in-Time Teaching. The findings reveal that the JiTT strategy has indeed strengthened many areas of the instructor's pedagogical content knowledge. The JiTT activities allowed the instructor to assess easily the prior understandings of her students so that she could better address any misconceptions or gaps in their science knowledge. The in-class follow-up to each activity also forced the instructor to expand her understanding of instructional methodologies. Finally, the findings reveal that the JiTT strategy has indeed strengthened many areas of the instructor's pedagogical content knowledge.
Updated: Dec. 01, 2013
Learning to Open Up History for Students: Preservice Teachers’ Emerging Pedagogical Content Knowledge
This article investigates the ways in which novices construct tasks that demand students’ interpretive and evidence-based thinking in history. This article also examines novices’ capacity to attend to and create space for their students’ interpretive and evidence-based thinking when taught to do so in their methods coursework. The author focuses on three case studies of preservice history teachers. By the end of the year, only one student emphasized both interpretive and evidence-based thinking, while the second student emphasized interpretive thinking, and the third student emphasized neither.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013