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ERIC Number: EJ774914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Exploring Mathematics Teacher Knowledge to Explain the Gap between Theory-Based Recommendations and School Practice in the Use of Connecting Tasks
Leikin, Roza; Levav-Waynberg, Anat
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v66 n3 p349-371 Nov 2007
This study is grounded in the theoretical position that solving problems in different ways creates mathematical connections when learning and teaching mathematics. It acknowledges the central role teachers play in providing students with learning opportunities, and it is based on the empirical finding that mathematics teachers are reluctant to solve problems in different ways in the classroom. In this paper we address the contradiction between theory-based recommendations and school mathematics practice. Based on analysis of individual interviews and two group meetings with 12 Israeli secondary school mathematics teachers, we demonstrate that in the context of multiple-solution connecting tasks this discrepancy is caused by the situated nature of the teachers' knowledge. We also reveal the complex relationship between different types of teacher knowledge and argue the significance of developing a common language between members of the mathematics education community, including teacher educators and researchers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel