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ERIC Number: EJ1163820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Connecting Pre-Service Teachers with Contemporary Mathematics Practices: Selecting and Sequencing Students' Work Samples
Livy, Sharyn; Muir, Tracey; Downton, Ann
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v22 n4 p17-21 2017
One of the challenges facing teacher educators is providing our pre-service teachers (PSTs) with authentic experiences that cross the boundaries between Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and the classroom. An additional challenge facing the mathematics teacher educator, is addressing and deepening PSTs' mathematical content knowledge (MCK), which has been raised as a concern in the literature (e.g., Anthony, Cooke, & Muir, 2016). Practice-based strategies have been shown to be effective in bridging the perceived gap between theory and practice (Anthony, et al., 2016), integrating learning of knowledge for teaching (Clarke, Grevholm, & Millman, 2009) and deepening mathematical content knowledge. This article describes how teacher educators used students' work samples to introduce PSTs to the Smith and Stein (2011) five practices; anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing and connecting. For the purpose of this article, the authors have chosen to focus on selecting and sequencing. In doing so, they engaged the PSTs in an act of teaching, which also revealed insights into their own mathematical content knowledge. It is anticipated that this approach could be adapted for use by other teacher educators or as a stimulus in staff meetings by primary teachers and school mathematics leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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