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ERIC Number: EJ1080078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1386-4416
Exploring Iconic Interpretation and Mathematics Teacher Development through Clinical Simulations
Dotger, Benjamin; Masingila, Joanna; Bearkland, Mary; Dotger, Sharon
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v18 n6 p577-601 Dec 2015
Field placements serve as the traditional "clinical" experience for prospective mathematics teachers to immerse themselves in the mathematical challenges of students. This article reports data from a different type of learning experience, that of a clinical simulation with a standardized individual. We begin with a brief background on medical education's long-standing use of standardized patients, and the recent diffusion of clinical simulations to teacher and school leader preparation contexts. Then, we describe a single mathematics simulation and report data from prospective mathematics teachers' interactions with a standardized student on the issue of iconic interpretation. Findings highlight teachers' diagnostic, explanatory, mathematical, and instructional repertoires, as they guide a standardized student through two different graphing problems. Implications focus on the trends in teachers' instructional decisions, contextualized explanations, and the use of clinical simulations to enhance mathematics teacher development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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