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ERIC Number: EJ1097637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-8827
Exploring Metacognition in Preservice Teachers: Problem Solving Processes in Elementary Mathematics
Sparkman, Dana; Harris, Kymberly
Journal on Educational Psychology, v2 n4 p9-13 Feb-Apr 2009
In Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000), the (U.S.) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommended that students communicate their mathematical thinking in a logical manner, and use the language of mathematics to express their thinking accurately and logically. Students should not only learn mathematics content, but should learn how to generate ideas, express them in multiple ways, and justify their thinking (Carpenter, Franke, & Levi, 2003). Journals are an effective way for students to communicate their understanding of mathematics content while using the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, connections, and representation. This article describes the use of mathematics journals by undergraduate Early Childhood Education majors in a mathematics methods course. In this course, pre-service teachers are asked to use journals to examine their own problem solving skills, through written and oral reflection. Samples of student reflections of their problem solving processes are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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