ERIC Number: EJ1081774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Online Mentoring with the Math Forum: A Capstone Experience for Preservice K-8 Teachers in a Mathematics Content Problem-Solving Class
De Young, Mary; Fung, Maria G.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v4 n3 p363-375 2004
This article describes how the Problem of the Week Environment at the Math Forum online mathematics resource allows K-8 preservice teachers who are enrolled in mathematics content problem solving-classes to experience the process of reading, evaluating, and replying to young problem solvers' work with thoughtful comments and effective hints. This online project includes the training of college-student mentors, the assignment of problems, and the approval of replies. This article focuses on the twofold purpose of the mentoring project: first, to give preservice teachers a special type of field experience by guiding K-8 students to write better solutions via questions and helpful suggestions; and second, to allow preservice teachers the opportunity to reflect upon the variety and richness of approaches generated by a rich mathematical problem.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Mentors, Mathematics Education, Online Courses, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Web Based Instruction, Feedback (Response), Scoring Rubrics, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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