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ERIC Number: EJ1152182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Understanding and Supporting Teacher Horizon Knowledge around Limits: A Framework for Evaluating Textbooks for Teachers
Kajander, Ann; Lovric, Miroslav
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v48 n7 p1023-1042 2017
As part of recent scrutiny of teacher capacity, the question of teachers' content knowledge of higher level mathematics emerges as important to the field of mathematics education. Elementary teachers in North America and some other countries tend to be subject generalists, yet it appears that some higher level mathematics background may be appropriate for teachers. An initial examination of a small sample of textbooks for teachers suggested the existence of a wide array of treatments and depth and quality of mathematics coverage. Based on the literature, a new framework was created to assess the mathematical quality of treatments for both specialized knowledge and horizon knowledge in mathematics textbooks for teachers. The framework was tested on a sample topic of the circle area formula derivation, chosen because it draws heavily on both specialized and horizon knowledge. The framework may contribute to similar analyses of other topics in a broader range of resources, in the overall quest to better describe the details of what constitutes appropriate mathematics horizon knowledge for teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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