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ERIC Number: EJ1113964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1442-3901
Evidence of the Need to Prepare Prospective Teachers to Engage in Mathematics Consultations
van Ingen, Sarah; Eskelson, Samuel L.; Allsopp, David
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, v18 n2 p73-91 2016
The mathematics consultation represents a powerful opportunity for mathematics teachers to leverage the knowledge base of special education professionals to advance equity for students with special education needs. Yet, most teacher preparation programs do not specifically prepare prospective teachers to engage in mathematics-specific consultations. We provided an opportunity for prospective elementary teachers of mathematics and prospective special education teachers to engage in a written consultation about the mathematics learning of a student with special education needs. We analysed the characteristics of these consultations and found that the prospective teachers' questions and responses lacked focus on the mathematics context and largely ignored student engagement in mathematical practices. Based on the evidence from this baseline study, we provide recommendations for how mathematics teacher educators might more effectively prepare prospective teachers for the questioning and answering stages of mathematics consultations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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