ERIC Number: EJ1100308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Prospective Elementary Teachers Making Sense of Multidigit Multiplication: Leveraging Resources
Whitacre, Ian; Nickerson, Susan D.
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v47 n3 p270-307 May 2016
This study examines how collective activity related to multiplication evolved over several class sessions in an elementary mathematics content course that was designed to foster prospective elementary teachers' number-sense development. We document how the class drew on as-if-shared ideas to make sense of multidigit multiplication in terms of partial products and to reason flexibly about products. We document how the class overcame the challenge of accounting for partial products in multidigit multiplication, including particular activities and ways of reasoning that facilitated progress. The results provide insights into how prospective elementary teachers' understanding of multidigit multiplication can develop during a content course and how a sequence of instructional activities and practices can productively leverage the resources that they bring in support of that development.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Multiplication, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Computation, Teacher Education, Numbers, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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