ERIC Number: EJ1038189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching in a Methods Course: The Case of Function
Steele, Michael D.; Hillen, Amy F.; Smith, Margaret S.
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v16 n6 p451-482 Dec 2013
This study describes teacher learning in a teaching experiment consisting of a content-focused methods course involving the mathematical knowledge for teaching function. Prospective and practicing teachers in the course showed growth in their ability to define function, to provide examples of functions and link them to the definition, in the connections they could make between function representations, and to consider the role of definition in mathematics and the K-12 classroom. Written assessments, interview data, and class discourse analyses illustrate how the course supported the development of mathematical knowledge that built on individual teachers' prior knowledge as well as the development of a stronger collective understanding of function.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Methods Courses, Mathematical Concepts, Definitions, Prior Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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