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ERIC Number: EJ1016514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Mathematical Investigations for Supporting Pre-Service Primary Teachers Repeating a Mathematics Education Course
Bailey, Judy
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v39 n2 Article 7 Feb 2014
Preparing to become an effective primary school mathematics teacher is a challenging and complex task; and is influenced by one's past experiences, personal knowledge of, and beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics. This paper examines the experiences of a small group of pre-service teachers who did not pass their first year mathematics education course. As part of their second attempt at this course for a Bachelor of Teaching (primary) degree the pre-service teachers engaged in a mathematical investigation. Data suggests that undertaking an open-ended mathematical investigation facilitated positive shifts with regard to the pre-service teachers' knowledge of, and beliefs and attitudes towards, mathematics. Participation in such investigations appears to have potential for supporting pre-service teachers who have initially experienced difficulties in their journey to becoming effective mathematics educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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