ERIC Number: ED473651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
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Prospective Teachers' Understandings: Function and Composite Function.
Meel, David E.
School Teachers: The Journal, v1 Oct 1999
The current education reform efforts place greater emphasis on conceptual understanding and focus attention on teacher preparation, especially on the adequacy of teachers' mathematical knowledge of the material they will be teaching. This paper discusses the responses of 20 prospective elementary and special education mathematics specialists to questions about conceptualization of the function concept as well as facility with composite functions. Results indicate that many of the prospective teachers held historical definitions tied to formulaic rules and that this negatively affected their ability to solve composite function problems. (KHR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education
For full text: http://www.k-12prep.math.ttu.edu/journal/contentknowledge/ meel01/article.pdf.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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