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ERIC Number: EJ1115045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Prescriptions Guiding Prospective Teachers in Teaching Mathematics
Zembat, Ismail Özgür; Aslan, Mustafa
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v16 n3 p735-769 Jun 2016
This study aims to investigate the nature of different mathematics teaching modes (prescriptions) that guide prospective teachers during their instruction. The participants were 24 junior prospective middle school mathematics teachers (19 females and 5 males) who were attending a mathematics methods course at a private university in central Turkey. Each participant was tasked with applying an innovative prescribed curriculum about equivalent fractions to a single elementary or middle school student; he/she is required to videotape the teaching session. We collected these teaching videos and analyzed them through a phenomenographic approach. Results suggest that the participants select and operate with certain teaching prescriptions while teaching. The mathematical knowledge of the teacher is not the only factor that affects his/her teaching; ingrained prescriptions influence and guide their teaching as well. All these teaching prescriptions are selected according to the teachers' strongly held beliefs about teaching and learning based on their prior schooling experiences and not on their experiences in their coursework. We also found that having prospective teachers operate with an innovative curriculum does not improve their teaching in the presence of these prescriptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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