ERIC Number: ED389595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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Science as Backdrop for Reflecting on Mathematics with Preservice Teachers.
Corwin, Rebecca B.; Doubler, Susan J.
This study identifies some of the questions mathematics educators must address in designing methods courses for graduate students in preservice teacher education programs. The questions emerge from a pilot study of preservice early childhood graduate students' beliefs about the nature of mathematics and science. In a combined mathematics and science methods course, students used each discipline as a backdrop for considering the nature of the other discipline. Three important questions related to mathematics are the following: (a) How can mathematics be better contextualized? (b) How can mathematics be presented as a growing, changing field that, like science, invents new knowledge? (c) How can students learn to ask their own mathematical questions and pursue their own mathematical investigations? (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers; Teacher Candidates
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.